Susan Isaac - Mair carving clay into drinking vessels

“A Love of Ceramic – Mair carving clay into drinking vessels” (acrylic on paper, 41x51cm, NFS)

As a painter & sculptor, the common thread in my work is an endeavour to capture the spirit of things or places I have known, to seek to illuminate aspects of the world that have captured my imagination – to evoke feeling.

Cardiff born and now based in Nottinghamshire, my work has won several Awards, including 1st prize in Paint Out Norfolk (2020), the Thoresby Open (2017), and the D31 Art Gallery “Our Changing World” exhibition (2021). I have also been shortlisted in the Sir John Hurt Art Prize, highly commended in the Buxton Spa Art Prize and appeared twice on Sky TV’s ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ – appearing as a shortlisted ‘pod’ contestant  in 2022 and as wild card winner in 2021.


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Susan Isaac - Evening Light at Porthleven

‘Evening Light at Porthleven’ (oil on canvas, 30x76cm, sold).

I paint mostly in oils in a loose figurative style which occasionally dissolves into the abstract elements of my compositions, combining strong drawing skills with bold use of colour and application of texture. My subjects are mainly towns and seascapes. I love the insistent repetitive textures of the built environment contrasting with the gentle rhythms of nature. My coastal depictions and harbour scenes are a transposition of childhood memory onto current day experiences.

Susan Isaac - Rain Sleep

‘Rain Sleep’ (ceramic, 29cm high, sold).

Alongside this, many of my ceramic sculptures are a fusion of human and landscape forms.

Hand-built stoneware geomorphic heads, referencing the mining landscapes of my birthplace, are enhanced using a variety of glazes and stains and are often wood fired to produce exciting and contrasting surfaces.