Sue Conradie

Sue Conradie

Artist Statement

The philosophy of Humanism - the belief in the agency and power of human beings, rather than superstition, supernatural beliefs or religious dogma - is the foundation of my life and work. I am constantly searching for way to unravel the physical and emotional aspects of our humanity. In understanding ourselves as biological/emotional organisms who are part of nature, we might possibly be able to save ourselves as a species.

I prefer the process and non-representational aspect of Abstract Expressionism. Either on its own, in large abstract works where colour becomes the subject or in combination with the figures and symbols that make up my portraits. The juxtaposition of the abstract and the figurative seems to result in a painting that is more surrealist than portrait and can sometimes end up as pop art.

Biography

UNISA – Creative Writing 2008.
UCT course - What is Mind? (neuropsychology) 2016
UCT Course – Medical Humanities (art in medicine) 2016
University of Warwick - The mind is flat (psychology) currently studying

My primary creative focus is painting. I also write as a way of expression and of getting to the nub of the ideas I wish to investigate in the paintings. Some of my poems have been published in the Rhodes University Journal (2008) as well as in Patricia Shonstein’s anthology: Africa! Poems of Love, Loss and Longing. I teach art once a week – It’s so rewarding being around the students and I love it when at first they think they have no creative talent at all and then they go ahead and produce a great piece of work  - I can almost physically see their self-esteem improve. I live in Cape Town with my husband and son.

My work is part of collections in, Cape Town, London, Belgium, France and Austria

Selected Exhibitions:

2016
EAST STREEET AUCTION  at East Street Studios
‘TINY ART’ – S.P.C. GALLERY,  CAPE TOWN (first prize in the portrait section & third prize overall).

2014
GROUP SHOW – ‘FACE TO FIGURE’ – THE STUDIO IN KALK BAY, CAPE TOWN
GROUP SHOW – ‘EYE-CATCHING PORTRAITS’AT THE ART B GALLERY (a showcase of the remaining 60 of THE FINAL 100 of THE 2014 SPI NATIONAL PORTRAIT AWARD)

2013
Group Show – THE STUDIO KALK BAY 

2012
ART JAM RED GALLERY

  • Ain't Love Grand - Painting by Sue Conradie SUE CONRADIE
    Ain't Love Grand
    Painting, W:60 x H:60 cm
    $545
  • The Heart Is A River - Painting by Sue Conradie SUE CONRADIE
    The Heart Is A River
    Painting, W:110 x H:110 cm
    $1 089
  • Singing Fields - Painting by Sue Conradie SUE CONRADIE
    Singing Fields
    Painting, W:130 x H:150 cm
    $1 361
  • What If I Told You The Truth - Painting by Sue Conradie SUE CONRADIE
    What If I Told You The Truth
    Painting, W:90 x H:120 cm
    $1 157