Susan Hippe BA(Hons) SGFA
I was born in South Africa and have lived in a variety of countries (USA, Denmark, Germany, France, Great Britain).
Since graduating in 1999, I have been exhibiting and producing work on a regular basis, including one public and numerous private commissions. I have had several solo exhibitions in London and taken part in group exhibitions in New York, Paris, Edinburgh, Spain, London and the UK.
In terms of style I am primarily concerned with movement. In a way, the act of drawing is choreographic; a drawn line is both a graphic entity and a physical movement that is at once spontaneous and precise, it is accomplished in one continuous movement. The pen hits the surface running and leaves it in the same fashion.
I translate my interest in movement on a visual pictorial level. The movement of a body, voice or melody transgresses into sweeping mass of lines capturing the energy and eroticism of the moving figure.
I want to create dynamic images, which energise the viewer, whatever the theme and mood of the picture; I want to reflect my own energy within the physical process of making.
I like to combine a vigorous working process with humour, exuberance and eccentricity.
Born in Johannesburg, I was inspired by the vitality and richness of colour, which surrounded me in South Africa.
I often like to combine drawing with mixed media/collage: I find it interesting to incorporate the use of more unusual media - either as support or collage material - such as cosmetic pads, coffee filters, pencil sharpener residue, plastic, quilt, textile, aluminium foil, balloons, etc., exploring the possibilities of the apparently banal objects of the consumer's world.
Inspiration is everywhere. Popular culture, street life, folklore, travelling, opera, ballet, theatre, daily life experiences and observations. An important aspect is also the notorious humour of the Anglo-Saxon culture.
February 2005: Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London.
December/November 2004: 'Pink Week', Graham's Fine Art Gallery, London.
Current: Graham's Fine Art Gallery, London.
September/July 2004: The Lotus Gallery, Bath.
August/July 2004: Lang Gallery, London.
May 2004: Cork Street Exhibition, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, London; Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London.
February 2004: Two Women Show, Lang Gallery, London.
December 2003: Lang Gallery, London.
December 2003: Blue Wing Gallery, London.
November 2003: Royal College of Art Secret 2003, Royal College of Art, London.
November 2003: Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London.
October 2003: `Drawing, the End of the Line?E Centre Culturel Jean Lurcat, Saint-Lo, France; The Atrium Gallery, London.
October/September 2003: Hotbath Gallery, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Bath.
January 2004/September 2003: The Barnsbury, London.
September/August 2003: The Foundry, London.
September/July 2003: `Sexy beasts@ trafik, London.
June 2003: Gallery 47, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, London; Charing Cross Hospital, London.
June/May 2003: The Albany Comedy Club, London.
May 2003: Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London.
February 2003: 'My Valentine's mascara', A&D Gallery, London.
January 2003: 'A day without fun is a day lost forever', Solo Exhibition, Space Gallery, London.
December 2002: Circle Gallery, Edinburgh.
October 2002: Hotbath Gallery, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Bath.
August 2002: Museo Municipal Ourense, with Riverside Artists Group, Spain.
August/July 2002: A&D Gallery, Solo Exhibition, London.
June 2002: Challenge the Nail, Salon des Arts, London; Fulham Palace Museum, with Riverside Artists Group, London.
May/April 2002: The Start Gallery 2000, London.
March 2002: Fairfields Arts Centre, Basingstoke; Gallery 47, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, London.
Mar/Feb 2002: Affordable Art Fair Spring 2002, London.
December 2001: 'Boys and Girls & Girls and Boys', Solo Exhibition Gallery 73, Brighton; Candid Arts Trust, London.
October 2001: The Start Gallery 2000, London.
September 2001: Candid Arts Trust, London.
August 2001: Hoax Gallery at the Lux Centre, London.
July 2001: Espace Garden City Gallery, Paris; The Start Gallery 2000, London; Drawing Exhibition, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter.
May 2001: 'Beautiful Creatures', Solo Exhibition, The Red Gate Gallery, London.
April 2001: Candid Arts Trust, London.
March 2001: Hotbath Gallery, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, Bath; Jelly Leg'd Chicken Gallery, Reading.
February 2001: 'Art on Paper', Royal College of Art, London; Brighton Media Centre Gallery, Brighton.
November 2000: 'The Nude', Karen Taylor Contemporary Art Gallery, Twickenham; Lauderdale House, with the Society of Graphic Fine Art, London.
October 2000: Affordable Art Fair 2000, London; Gallery Voltaire, London.
October/September 2000: The Place, Letchworth Arts Centre, Herts.
September 2000: DFN Gallery, New York.
August/July 2000: 'Body Language', Oriel Makers Gallery, Cardiff.
June 2000: 'Women', Hicks Gallery, London.
June/May 2000: 'Funky, vulgar media babes', Solo Exhibition, The Global Caf?E London.
February/January 2000: Jelly Leg'd Chicken Gallery, Reading.
January/December 2000/1999: 'Printmaking', Ark-T Gallery, Oxford.
December/November 1999: 'Off the shelf', with Sherborne Contemporary Arts, Dorset.
In 1996 my artwork was in the final selection for the 'Prix Picasso', Paris.