Where We Meet

Susie Breen
Highgate Gallery
16 - 29 Oct 2020
Tuesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, Saturdays 11am-4pm
Sundays 11am-5pm, Mondays Closed

I am Change II/mixed media ©Susie Breen


16 October – 29 October 2020
Private View: 16th October 6-8.30pm

The title of this show – Where We Meet – has now taken on a new and special significance as a result of the pandemic.  The importance of human interaction has been keenly felt and the essential qualities of humanity have been reappraised.

Such encounters and emotional connections are a core preoccupation in Susie Breen’s practice, who captures her subjects with clarity and a raw, visceral compassion.

Bowed but Unbroken/mixed media ©Susie Breen

KII/mixed media ©Susie Breen

Drawing is the discipline that underpins her work.  Combining close observation with experimentation, she explores themes of personal presence, interdependence, memory and identity.  Always evocative, sensual and dynamic, her work ranges from intimate charcoal and pastel drawings to light hearted line drawings, and from the text based to the abstract.  She brings empathy and humour to her work in a distinctive and compelling way that connects powerfully with the viewer.

Her drawings not only capture the likeness of her subjects, but go beneath the surface to reveal expressions of inner life, giving them a psychological presence. Exaggerations of scale and form serve to enhanced status and refocus our thoughts:  life size images of remembered childhood characters look viewers in the eye:  larger than life crows are portrayed with equal status and character, and enormous babies appear as harbingers of change.

Highgate Gallery is delighted that Susie will be drawings on site throughout the exhibition run.  Visitors will be encouraged to come and discuss her work, to share their own stories, or perhaps to sit for her, actively participating in the creation of new work.

Susie Breen has enjoyed a multifaceted visual career as designer, media producer and artist – she sees little differentiation between roles – believing them all “water from the same creative well”.  She has exhibited in London and Dublin.  She has taught Design and Observational Drawing to undergraduates and adults.

Press:  High resolution images available by request.  Editorial enquiries welcome.

Contact Artist: Susie Breen
Contact Gallery Coordinator: Jason Sumray
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