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About Susan Schmidt

Born:

1960 in South Australia, Australia

Lives and Works:

Noosa Heads, Australia

Awards:

finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 2012
finalist, 27th Chelsea International Art Competition, New York, United States, 2012
finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 2011

About the artist

Susan Schmidt is an Australian artist who paints contemporary realist works. Her 'Seaburbia' series explores the cultural memory and heritage of the Australian beach house. Susan's paintwork is patterned, layered and rubbed back to achieve a weatherworn texture that recalls erosion of matter over time. These nostalgic pieces document the essence of coastal living that's being lost to time and development.

The artist trained at the School of Art and Craft, Adelaide, and worked as an illustrator and designer before turning her focus to painting. She has exhibited in solo and group shows internationally, in New York, Hong Kong, Istanbul, San Diego, Singapore and the Maldives.

Need to know

  • Susan's 'Seaburbia' series explores the cultural memory and heritage of the Australian beach house.
  • The artist has exhibited internationally, at shows in New York, Hong Kong, Istanbul, San Diego, Singapore and the Maldives.
  • Susan's retro-coloured snapshots of beach house life would bring colour and liveliness to an interior.
Alice Russotti

Rise Art Prize Judge Alice Russotti says:

"I love Susan Schmidt’s use of colour, form, line and pattern in these works. The combination of precision, depth and richness of these elements to create images that visually verge on abstraction, but simultaneously tap into a shared emotional nostalgia for all the summers past conflated with hope for all of those to come. "

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