Originally from Liverpool, Sue Asbury now works from her home studio in Bollington on the edge of the Peak District. In the past year, her work has appeared at Art Fair Cheshire, the Manchester Open, and a solo exhibition at Bollington Arts Centre (March–April 2020).
Sue grew up in Liverpool, studied graphic design at Stockport College and built a 15-year career in graphic design in London, winning awards for her exhibition and print design work. Alongside writer Nick Asbury, she is one half of creative partnership Asbury & Asbury. A joint exhibition of their painting and poetry will feature as part of the Barnaby Festival 2020 in Macclesfield.
Since moving back north in 2008, Sue has made the transition into fine art, while retaining a design sensibility that is evident in her graphic compositions and subjects condensed to simplified forms. Abstract works are built up over many layers and often incorporate collaged elements, while figurative works include local landscapes, with an interest in the everyday and the passing of time. Mark-making and the drawn line are two common areas of exploration.
Sue makes daily drawing an integral part of her practice. An ongoing sketchbook project takes album covers from the 1960s onwards and reinterprets them as small, A6-sized pencil sketches, with the music providing a soundtrack to the drawing.
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