We recently caught up with Susan Laughton professional artist and Arts graduate from Bolton School of the Arts & Creative Technologies on what she has been up to this year. Since graduating Laughton has attained critical acclaim for her artwork and shown in numerous exhibitions throughout the UK. Her work is represented by &Gallery, Edinburgh & the Stratford Gallery. She has also been a recipient of an Arts Council Grant and Heritage Lottery funding towards commissioned work.
This year her artwork was shown in several group exhibitions and featured in Battersea Affordable Art Fair in London. Group exhibitions included Bils & Rye gallery in Harrogate in the exhibition ‘Positive Blues’ and Small Paintings a group exhibition at Gallery top in Derbyshire and an online Spring Show with The Art Buyer.
Her most recent work is on plywood and echoes architectural forms she has been working with for sometime. Vernacular buildings, both rural and urban, domestic and functional, have found a place in her paintings, no doubt she says have been informed by time spent in her previous profession as an architectural technician.
Susan in a recent interview reflecting on her practice said ‘The exploration encompasses both the formal aspects of architectural, geometric shapes and what they mean in the sense of home, shelter, work and it’s impact on our external and internal landscapes.’
Her recent paintings are created on lasercut plywood forming interesting and unusual shapes. They exist between realms of painting and sculpture. They are certainly gaining a lot of attention and will feature in more upcoming shows taking place next year.