Sue Campion

Late Summer Flowers   12" x 12" pastel

From Mediterranean pine trees and sandy bays, to the verdant springtime of Shropshire, the work of Sue Campion is based on memory and reflections on places from her travels, her garden, and the Shropshire hills that surround her home.

Working as a display artist throughout the 60’s and 70’s, Sue spent time painting in Spain, Belgium, Sweden and Australia. From 1986-90 she studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University

In 2007 she was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (website).

Sue is represented by the following galleries:

Greetings cards available from Dry Red Press:

Her work is in many private and corporate collections.

Review by Lisa Takahashi

Sue Campion, The Russell Gallery 2014

I was really excited to hear that the leading pastel landscape painter Sue Campion was having a solo show at The Russell Gallery in Putney, opening this Thursday 6th November.

I have long been an admirer of her work having originally seen it at the Pastel Society exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

Her work reminds me of the recent Yorkshire landscape paintings by David Hockney as well as French Post Impressionist landscape painting in equal measure.

Like Hockney, you sense a real love and engagement with the subject, a real honesty to the marks that she makes.

And like the landscapes of painters such as Bonnard, Derain and Van Gogh, there is a real sensitivity to colour – using colour to express real emotion; a careful selection of harmonious palettes that not only evoke a sense of place but also convey half lost memories, dreams, and wistful emotion.

The compositions are strong too. In a similar vein to a lot of Modern British Painting (the Camden Town Painters et al), one senses a visual poetry to these descriptions of place.

Campion simplifies the subjects into designs that could just as easily be bold fabric designs – strong shapes that weave into other strong shapes and meander across the picture surface. The end result being paintings full of rhythm and vitality.