Unique screen print with collage, 2020
59cm x 84cm
This work has been loosely inspired by architecturally exciting, regeneration areas of Manchester such as New Islington and Ancoats, the nightlife and street art of the Northern Quarter. Whilst the neons capture a sense of the vibrancy of club life and spheres of reflected lights glinting in Manchester’s glowing nights and rain, the spiralling marks are a nod to street art. The collaged material makes reference to urban glass, steel facades and grills.
Working intuitively, each piece is unique, although particular shapes and motifs reappear in varied positions and combinations together with collaged materials which become integral through overprinting.
Pink Mesh is from the Urban series currently shortlisted for the Flourish National Printmaking Award with West Yorkshire Print Workshop
Suzanne Bethell is a painter and printmaker from Greater Manchester who enjoys combining these processes. She also constructs assemblages from elements of earlier artworks together with found materials. Her work is abstract and experimental, often inspired by a sense of time, place or emotion. Colour, its potential to excite the eye and engage the heart is central. Interested in the power of colour to alter mood and mindstate, some aspects of her work explore the notion of a universal visual language of line and mark and its capacity to induce particular emotional responses.
Suzanne was a finalist at the inaugural Manchester HOME exhibition this year and is currently shortlisted for the Flourish national printmaking award. Since her first solo exhibition at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester (1995), Suzanne’s work has been exhibited throughout the UK including at the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives; the Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh; Manchester Art Fair; Hepworth Print Fair; Kinart Gallery, Manchester; Waterside Arts, Sale; Surface Contemporary Gallery, Nottingham
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