Sue Anderson Keep awesome, Tanglewood 2014 oil on linen 90 x 110 cm
Sue Anderson’s solo exhibition Keep awesome is now showing at Brimbank Community and Civic Centre Gallery
301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine, Victoria
Friday 10 June – Thursday 4 August
Walking along a bush track I saw these words scratched into the bark of an enormous iconic Scribbly Gum tree.
The empowering words belied the act of vandalism toward the tree and revealed a clear disregard toward the natural environment. In my work I want to reveal the beauty and diversity of the Australian landscape its fragility and power, and give value our natural places to cherish, and respect.
All the works in this exhibition are Australian landscapes and environments from my own experience. Many are observations of humans interacting or impacting natural areas, and reflect both our pleasure and disregard for the natural world.
The environments depicted in these paintings and drawings contain their own mystery and intrigue of oceans and rock pools, dunes and forests or delicate grasslands being overtaken by suburbs. Nature inspires and energises and is an endless fascination to me, particularly the Australian landscape in all of its endless myriad of forms.
We are a part of nature’s magical power of interconnecting life, and my work strives to endorse this in the hope that the natural world is protected and will “Keep awesome” far into the future. – Sue Anderson, 2022
Expressionistic landscape painter, printmaker and ceramic artist Sue Anderson lives and works in Victoria. She completed a Bachelor of Education at Melbourne State College in 1983. Anderson’s unique visual language is inspired by days spent out in the Australian landscape, observing, drawing and reflecting. During her time as artist in residence at The Art Vault in Mildura in 2018, she spent many days walking along the Murray River, and one special day on the ancient sand lunette of Lake Mungo.
Anderson has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, and her work has been included in several significant group exhibitions including ‘Domain of the other’ at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1994. Anderson has also recently been selected as a finalist in the 2020 Wyndham Art Prize. Her work is held by numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Artbank, Sydney and several university and regional galleries.
Sue Anderson In cold water 2021 oil on linen 60 x 70 cm
Sue Anderson Shore winds 2021 pastel and gouache on paper 56 x 76 cm
Sue Anderson Moonah stop 2021 pastel and gouache on paper 30 x 45 cm
Sue Anderson In the midst 2019 pastel on paper 31 x 44 cm