Susanna Chen Chow
The harvest of a lifetime of international travel and twenty years devoted to full time painting is a deeply idiosyncratic vision. Susanna Chen Chow creates works that are inviting and sustained in strong composition. Every inch of the canvas hums with energy. A colourist whose work bridges landscape and pure abstraction, for over a decade Chen Chow has been honoured with significant art prizes, the most recent being Hunters Hill Morden Acquisitive Prize Art Award, 2014. Accomplished in landscape, this is a painter who also lets the skills of her medium speak for themselves: “I often start a painting without a pre-conceived subject matter. Sometimes the painting itself dictates the images. Creativity can be about looking and making many small decisions during a painting until the subject reveals itself to me.” For Susanna Chen Chow, the light of winter is imbued with violets and crisper tones as if in empathy for a shy sun. When winter comes to the Kimberley it is in fact the wet season, a time to release more colour and diversity to an artists’ palette. Stretching from traditional landscape to colourist abstraction, the deep experience of Susanna Chen Chow dwells in the confidence of her mark and the sensuality of her colour.