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Susan Laughton



My paintings and drawings evolve from half-remembered glimpses seen from the corner of my eye, fleeting juxtapositions elusive to photography, the dislocated reverie of long car journeys, or from more studied compositions.

The landscape is my starting point, not as a picturesque or static view, but as a space travelled through and experienced often on the edges of the urban and the rural. It is a source of man made and natural structures, surfaces and colour from which my reductive personal responses develop. Man made structures in particular impose their presence: telegraph poles, fences, power lines, isolated buildings - structures that create tension within space and mark the passage of time and distance.

Process and materials are important to me as a way of allowing the paintings to emerge as objects in their own right. Structured and methodical approaches combined with spontaneous and intuitive reactions allow me to plan and take risks: to combine control with ‘let‘s see what happens if...


I worked in architecture for twelve years before returning to education to study art graduating in 2002.



2012 John Moores Painting Prize Walker Gallery Liverpool. (first round)

solo exhibitions:

2011 Still Here greenroom, Manchester curated by Blank Media collective

2010 Measured Space Duckett and Jeffreys Gallery, Malton,

         North Yorkshire see more

2009 Sightlines Salford Museum & Art Gallery including curation of works

         from Salford’s permanent collection see more

2008 Haworth Museum & Gallery Accrington


group exhibitions:

2014 Bristol Affordable Art Fair represented by Columbia Road Gallery

2014 East Cheshire Hospice Art Fair Macclesfield Town Hall

2014 Art in the Park Oulton Park, Cheshire

2014 Quercus Gallery Summer Show

2014 Hampstead Affordable Art Fair

2013 Battersea Affordable Art Fair

2013 New York City Affordable Art Fair

2013 neo:artprize exhibition neo:gallery 22, Bolton

2013 Hampstead Affordable Art Fair

2013 Palace Art Fair, Fulham, London

2013 Bristol Affordable Art Fair

2012 Artlink Stockport Art Galley, Cheshire

2012 East Cheshire Hospice Art Fair, Macclesfield

2011 Artificial Light Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

2011 A Different View The Barefoot Gallery, Boston Spa, Yorkshire

2011 No.1: Paint BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester

2011 Wirksworth Festival Art Trails

2011 Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield

2011 Stockport Contemporary Open Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire

2011 Northern Lines Artisan Art Gallery, Bolton

2010 Palace Art Fair Fulham, London

2009 Art of Ideas II Arts & Business/Arts Council exhibition selected by

         Stephen Snoddy, Director of the Walsall Gallery

2009 Findings Valley Artists at Towneley Museum & Gallery, Burnley

2009 Survey Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire

2009 Buy Art Fair Urbis, Manchester, represented by Arts&Business

2008 Reveal Rossendale Open Studios

2008 Brighton Art Fair

2007 Tony Scrivener & Susan Laughton Firbob & Peacock

         Contemporary Art, Knutsford, Cheshire see more

2007 Figura Gallery, Windsor

2007 Islington Art & Design Fair

2007 Brighton Art Fair

2007 Open Exhibition Grosvenor Museum, Chester

2006 Troubadour Gallery Chorlton, Manchester

2006 Calder Gallery Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

2006 Haworth Open Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire

2006 Prelude Art Fair Spitalfields, London

2006 Landmarks III Lowood Gallery, Armathwaite, Cumbria

2005 Sculptural Possibilities Cupola Gallery, Sheffield


2006 Arts Council Grant



2008 Valley of Stone: art commission and community workshop with five

         Valley Artists for Groundwork Pennine Lancashire (with Heritage

         Lottery funding) to raise awareness of the quarrying heritage of




Axis for Artists

Visual portfolio by Arts & Business



2002  BA (Hons) Visual Art and Design (First) Bolton Institute.

1987  HND Building Technology, Bolton Institute


I was a founding member of Valley Artists in Rossendale and had a studio there for six years. I now work from The Electric Picture House in Congleton, Cheshire.

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