Sue Ransley West Sussex, United Kingdom
I paint everyday folk, and may take a poke, but it's done with warmth and affection! My folk fill their space, just a mere hint of place, it's more about telling their story. They're honest and real, for me that's the appeal, sharing ordinary everyday moments. So if I've got it right - and let's hope I might ;) they'll evoke a sense of familiar!
I paint pictures of everyday folk.
I take an honest yet affectionate view of everyday moments. I think humour is critical for peoples well being, both physical and mental. And it's too easy to be sucked into the dark side of life - especially now we have constant negative news feed!. So I try to be the antithesis of this and incorporate a little humour in my work. But I like people, so even when I'm having a tease I aim to have people laugh with me, perhaps recognising something of themselves, or someone they know, evoking a sense of the familiar.
I want to capture the moment, that quirky mannerism, the hunch of the shoulder, the rolled foot – whatever it maybe, I see it, and see it as a painting. Sometimes what I’ve seen is obvious in the image, other times it’s about my imagination – having guessed at the persons background or thoughts at that precise moment, and I’m translating what I’ve seen onto the canvas/paper.
Most of my work is in oil, but I occasionally experiment with watercolour. I rely on my own photography for reference, as my camera, hopefully, catches the moment that caught my attention. Generally my work is Alla Prima, focusing on the essence of the image, rather than the finer detail, and I’m a great one for working part of the time upside down, (the canvas that is, not me) to ensure I keep my work loose.
Recent exhibitions include:-
Arundel Gallery Trail - August 2018 Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize Finalist, Hampstead, London - July 2018 Surrey Open Studios, Shamley Green - June 2018 AppArt at Priorsfield School, Godalming - April 2018 TwitArtExhibit, Strathnairn Gallery, Adelaide - January 2018 Arundel Gallery Trail - August 2017 The London Art Show, Coningsby Gallery, for the Stroke Association - July 2017 Unity in Variety at The Nehru Centre, London, with Gabriel Fine Arts - July 2017 Surrey Open Studios, at Shamley Green - June 2017 AppArt at Priorsfield School, Godalming - April 2017 Clyde & Co, Guildford with Guildford Arts - March to May 2017 TwitterArtExhibit, Stratford Artshouse, for Mollys Ollys - March 2017 Artworks Group Exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester - March 2017 ArtExpo Roma, at the Domus Romana Gallery, Rome - March 2017 A Small World, Magpie Springs, Adelaide, for Cancer Research - January 2017 Artrooms London, at The Melia White House Hotel - January 2017
Previously I have been shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition, and have also exhibited at The Great Charter Festival at Royal Holloway University with SAOS; SAOS Launch Exhibition Reigate; The Stride Open, Oxmarket, Chichester; Vivartis Exhibition, King Edwards School, Witley; and Godalming Museum.