Sue Lewry (b. 1976, Hampshire) is a print-maker artist based in Plymouth, a city flourishing in creativity and where she received her higher education. Studying at Plymouth College of Art (PCA) allowed Sue to explore untapped potential as an image-maker, achieving a first class BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and winning ‘Best in Show’ at D&AD New Blood Festival 2015 in London.
Previously, Sue has worked professionally as a graphic designer and is now moving away gradually from digital towards more physical processes with print. Through the experimental possibilities of print-making, Sue is treading new territory. Exploring the mixing of colours and reactions between ink and materials, she often works without the final outcome in mind. The resulting images carry an element of the unexpected, a playful sense of the spontaneous. This is playfulness carefully considered, though the artist welcomes the happy accidents occurring along the way, embracing the new dimensions which may emerge.
Sue is also drawn to the collaborative possibilities of print-making. She has facilitated workshops, at both PCA and Plymouth Arts Centre - and in 2017 Sue assisted Turner Prize nominee Ciara Phillips during the multi-venue exhibition We The People Are The Work, in which Plymouth Arts Centre was transformed into a live screen-printing studio. Sue is an associate artist at Ocean Studios base in the historic Royal William Yard and such an artistically diverse space - of photographers, painters, sculptors and designers - provides Sue with a cross-collaborative environment which continually inspires her work. She is also undertaking a Masters in Printmaking at Plymouth College of Art.
Collaboration is ingrained within Sue’s own work, in which a range of processes from collage and found imagery to the artist’s own photography are explored. The results are undeniably synergetic; photography, textures and geometric forms are thoughtfully layered and combined creating an orchestrated energy. As she continues to develop her work, Sue continues an ongoing dialogue through a visually vibrant body-of-work.
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Writing by Eva Szwarc