Gunn makes paintings using natural earth pigments and an authentic rabbit skin glue binder.
She uses the historical medium of 'gesso' in a new a contemporary way. Using environmental conditions and varying the paint formula she creates a series of disruptions and tension in the surface. The canvas becomes taught with the weight of the pigment & binder and cracks and fissures appear in the works as they dry. They are not superficial or 'craqueleure' but serious breaks and splits that go through to the base of the canvas. The paintings are often divided geometrically informed by principles of the golden section. The works are ground and polished by hand once dry and a layering of natural waxes adds stability to the works. The medium is very fragile but extremely strong.
The cracks interrupt and overspill the linear divisions, the fissures are like organic drawings that scribble over the geometry, they refuse to be contained. The toll of nature and environment on the composition of the paint is apparent and holds a mirror to our world.
Gunn has exhibited widely including exhibitions in association with Contemporary British Painting, Bonhams, The Fine Art Society, Candlestar, Arts Council England, Commissions East, Rollo Contemporary Art Gallery and, Salthouse Church, in conjunction with the North Norfolk Exhibition Project.
An Alumni of Norwich University of the Arts, Susan received international recognition when she was awarded the Sovereign European Art Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, The Gallery at NUA; and The Crypt, Marylebone, London. She was employed as a selector and nominator for Axis MA Graduates programme, sat on the regional Arts Council for the East of England and was on the select panel of judges for the Sovereign European Art Prize 2007 that was launched at the Guggengeim – Venice. Susan has lectured at Norwich University of the Arts and worked as a visiting tutor for Fine Art, she is also a judge for the annual Bishops Art Prize presented to a student studying at the University. She lives in Cheshire and works from her studio in Manchester.
She was selected to make a painting installation for the New Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia. It is an ambitious and ground breaking low carbon building; designed by Archetype Architects, and billed as the new gateway to the university - due for completion in 2015.
An inaugural member of Contemporary British Painting, founded by Robert Priseman; Susan has paintings in public and private collections around the world.
MADISON MUSEUM OF FINE ART, ATLANTA, USA
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, EAST, CAMBRIDGE, UK
ARCHANT, NATIONAL COLLECTION UK
THE SOVEREIGN ART FOUNDATION, COLLECTION, HONG KONG
NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, PUBLIC COLLECTION, UK
SAINSBURY COLLECTION, SCVA, UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, UK
NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, UK
EAST ANGLIAN PAINTING COLLECTION,UCS, IPSWICH UNIVERSITY, UK
SWINDON MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, PUBLIC COLLECTION, UK
ABBOT HALL GALLERY & MUSEUM, PUBLIC COLLECTION, UK
RUGBY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, PUBLIC COLLECTION, UK
THE PRISEMAN - SEABROOK, PRIVATE COLLECTION, UK
THE NEW ENTERPRISE CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, UK