Susan Andreae is a sculptor and printmaker based in London.
Having trained first as a figurative sculptor her interest is in the form and structure of a subject whether it be figures, landscape, architecture or trees. However, she strives in her sculpture to convey the movement, stretch, stride or aspiration of the figure or groups of figures, rather than merely the anatomy. She sculpts directly in plaster and then casts final pieces into bronze or resin.
Having grown up in London, Susan is fascinated by the complexity of living in the city - the crowds, commuters, the architecture and visual energy of urban life, all of which have informed her etchings. She is particularly interested in individual figures within a crowd, sometimes escaping their environment, or blending into the architecture around them. She can often be seen in the streets drawing and working directly on her etching plates to capture first hand the pulse of city life.
Similarly, in her 'Tree Forms', Susan has found an equivalent complexity in natural forms which she layers in the printing, sometimes with up to seven images all taken from drawings made in situ. She particularly likes the texture and pattern of bare branches in winter which for her, hold the promise of Spring and foliage reappearing.
Susan's passion for the architecture, colours and warmth of Mediterranean cultures, specifically Puglia in southern Italy where she spends her summers, increasingly feed into her prints and sculptures and are a constant source of inspiration.
Having studied to MA level, Susan believes passionately in helping others to develop their own creativity and currently teaches Printmaking at Kensington and Chelsea College London, where she was Head of Printmaking for 12 years.
These are all 'original prints', mostly etchings and mixed media prints.
Hand-drawn and etched into zinc, each print is original due to the handmade nature of the inking and print process.
All prints are made on 300gsm Somerset paper and are numbered and signed.
1993 -96 MA Printmaking – Wimbledon School of Art
1982-83 Postgraduate Diploma Sculpture – City and Guilds of London Art School
1979-82 BA Hons (1st Class) Fine Art, Sculpture – Kingston University
1977-78 Liberal Arts Scholarship – Principia College, Illinois, USA