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Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

25 September to 6 November 2021

Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

Come and vote for your favourite Surrey artist and support the local talent with us.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during open studio visits. The top scoring artists come together for a programme of events. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, including different materials and techniques such as painting, glass, textiles, ceramics, collage / assemblage book and paper art.

Again, during the exhibition, until 22th October, 12noon, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2021 on 22nd at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,500, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner's Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.

The shortlisted artists in 2021 are: Sophie Artemis, Monique Birley, Sarah Cox, Penny Fleet, Keira Graham, Penny Green, Hilary Jones, Yeside Linney, Alison Orchard, Stephen Pitchforth, Sue Ransley, Louise Rowe, Jo Shepherd, Jessica Stroud, Dawn Thornhill and Jean Tolkovsky.

The season includes workshops for adults, families and artists - please contact us for information.

The competition is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Sue Ransley

Short Pitch (FR)

Oil on Canvas

Ref: 111174

Framed size: 64x44cm

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Sue Ransley

Sue is based near Petworth and paints pictures of everyday folk, focusing on the real, not the ideal. All her work is observational. Taking a lighter look at life, she aims to capture our warmth and humanity, capturing that recognisable behaviour, or moment, that tells a familiar story. Stripped back to the essential information - Sue's work is about the essence of the person or moment, not the detail.

Most of Sue's work is in oil or acrylics, and she is an unashamed colourist. Often working on a coloured ground, and drawing with paint, usually French Ultramarine, she aims to capture the narrative as instinctively as possible. Sue still gets a thrill working on the modelling, when suddenly her people 'pop' off the canvas in three dimensions. She also loves seeing people's reaction to her work - especially if they are chuckling. Sue counts a painting a success if people see something familiar, or something of themselves, in her work.

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