Susan Macarthur

BIOGRAPHY

 

Susan Macarthur was born in East Sussex.  After living in London and abroad now lives near Bath and Bristol.

 

Studied at Eastbourne College of Art in 1975, Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach 1980 – 82,  Saddleback College, Mission Viejo (US) 1982-84 (Associated Arts), California State University Long Beach 1985-87 (General Art) and City & Guilds Part 1 & 2 Stitched Textiles 1990-93.

 

Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.  

 

Susan initially studied Fine Art primarily painting, drawing and sculpting.  Towards the latter part of her education at Cal State Long Beach she was introduced to textiles and on returning to England has gone on to experiment with different techniques and materials to portray the human form.

 

‘I come from a background of life drawing/painting and have always been drawn to the drama of the human form.  My work is a combination of painting together with fabric, paper, thread and paints.  I like the unpredictable occurrences that can arise with these materials and feel there is a strong crossover between the drawn line and a line of thread.  Texture plays a large role in my work – in fact I think it is probably the most important element for me'.

 

Susan shows her work through galleries, exhibitions and art fairs – upcoming events can be found on her website.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

World of Embroidery May 1999 ‘The Eternal Nude’  

World of Embroidery May 2001 ‘Form, Figure & Stitch’  

Celebrity Interview  - see workshopontheweb.com June 2002  

 

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS & FAIRS

 

2014

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Slade Centre  Gilllingham 'My Favourite Things'

Autun Art Fair  Landmark Arts Centre  Teddington

 

2013

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Ramster Textile & Embroidery Exhibition, Chiddingfold, Surrey

Affordable Art Fair, New York

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2013

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Hackwood Art Fair  Tunworth  Basingstoke

Byard Art 'Uncovered' Exhibition

Yvonne Arnaud Art Exhibition 2013 Guildford

Byard Art Summer Exhibition

Forge Gallery, Worthing

Affordable Art Fair, Seattle

Affordable Art Fair, Singapore

 

2012

Works on Paper, Science Museum with Linda Blackstone

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Affordable Art Fair, New York

Artspace, Henley on Thames

Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxon

 

2011          

Byard Art, Cambridge – Mixed Exhibition

Works on Paper, Science Museum with Linda Blackstone

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea with Linda Blackstone

Ramster Textile Exhibition, Chiddingfold

Affordable Art Fair, New York with Linda Blackstone

Wylye Valley Art Trail

Summer Exhibition, Byard Art, Cambridge

Art in Action, Waterperry

Byard Summer Exhibition/New Works

Paperweight, i2 Gallery, Saffron Walden

Byard Christmas Cracker, Cambridge

 

2010

Mall Gallery, Society of Designer Crafts

OWN ART,  Byard Art  Cambridge

Affordable Art Fair – Brussels

Affordable Art Fair – Battersea

Byard Summer Exhibition  Cambridge

Art in Action, Waterperry

Byard Art, Winter Exhibition

 

2009

Create 09 Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset

Byard Art  Cambridge – Summer, Christmas & Figurative Show

Artspace  Barn Galleries Henley

Ramster Textile & Embroidery Exhibition Chiddingfold

Affordable Art Fair Spring Collection - Linda Blackstone Gallery

Contemporary Textiles Fair,Landmark Arts Centre Teddington

2008

Contemporary Textile Fair – Landmark Arts Centre

Affordable Art Fair - Battersea– Linda Blackstone Gallery

Affordable Art Fair – Bristol – Linda Blackstone Gallery

CREATE – Contemporary Craft Fair - Walford Mill, Wimborne

Millenium Gallery, Sunbury on Thames

Childwickbury Arts Festival  

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

The Northern Art Show, Harrogate International Centre

Affordable Art Fair, Bristol

The Cambridgeshire Art Show – Byard Art

Byard Art, 4 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge

The Beetroot Tree, South Street, Draycott

 

2007

Designer Crafts Mall Galleries London

Art in Action, Waterperry Oxford

The Wylye Valley Art Trail, The Ginger Piggery, Wilts

Contemporary Art Quilts, London SE1 7HT

Contemporary Textiles Fair, Landmark Arts Centre,Teddington

The Affordable Art Fair London with Linda Blackstone Gallery

Create - Contemporary Craft Fair, Walford Mill ,  Wimborne, Dorset

MIX IT UP ,Byard Art ,4 St Mary's Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PQ

Designer [email protected] 2007, Chelsea Old Town Hall , London

Edinburgh Art Fair Edinburgh with Linda Blackstone Gallery,

 

2006

Affordable Art Fair - New York

'Form & Figure, Byard Art, Cambridge

Dorset Art Weeks - Slade Centre Gallery, Gillingham

Society of Designer Craftsmen - Mall Galleries, London

Contemporary Textile Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Affordable Art Fair London with HQ Gallery

'Self Centred' Dorset touring exhibition organised by Artsreach

Contemporary Art Quilts,Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington, Oxfordshire and Llanidloes,Powys

Artwave, HQ Gallery, St John Street, Lewes

'Figure This', Walford Mill, Wimborne

Designer Crafts, Chelsea Town Hall

 

2005

Society of Designer Craftsmen - Mall Galleries, London

Living Threads - Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner

Contemporary Textile Fair O5 - Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Affordable Art Fair - Battersea, London

'Figure it Out' Warmwalls Gallery, Nantwich

'A is for Art' - Star II Gallery , Southover Grange,Lewes

Midsummer Art Fair 2005 - Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

'Sew-Sew' Artwave Festival Show - Star Gallery II, Lewes

Artspace 2005 - Church Farm, Shrawley, Worcester

Salisbury City Art Trail - Fisherton Mill, Fisherton Street, Salisbury

Silver Threads Exhibition - Byard Art, Cambridge

Brighton Art Fair - The Corn Exchange, Brighton

Christmas Textiles & Prints, Salisbury Playhouse Gallery Salisbury

 

2004

The Mall Galleries - Society of Designer Craftsmen

'Living Threads' - Linda Blackstone Gallery, Pinner

Contemporary Textile Fair - Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Affordable Arts Fair, Battersea - Linda Blackstone Gallery

Textile Showcase 2004 - Art in the Frame Foundation, Jersey

'Exhibition of the Female Form' - Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

Artspace - Aston, Henley

Dorset Art Weeks - Slade Centre Gallery, Gillingham

'Visions in Textile & Paper' - Ramsgate Library Gallery

Summer Show - Lewes Contemporary Art

Artspace - Worcester

Autumn Art Fair - Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Brighton Art Fair - Corn Exchange, Brighton

Atrium Gallery - Bournemouth University

 

2003

'Naked Inspiration' - Derek Topp Gallery, Derbyshire

Contemporary Textile Fair - Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Battersea Contemporary Arts Fair

Art in Action 2003 - Textile Demonstration, Waterperry, Oxford

Contemporary Art Quilts 2003 - Uffington & Bristol

Linda Blackstone Gallery - Pinner

'Off the Wall' - St David's Hall, Cardiff