Suzanne Bethell

Manchester, UK


Acrylic, oil stick & graphite on Khadi paper, float mounted in box frame SOLD

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About the artist

Colour, its potential to excite the eye, engage the heart and awaken the soul is central to Suzanne’s art. Inspired by an emotional response to moments in time or a sense of poetry or place, she is interested in the power of colour to alter mood and mind-state. Choice of palette and materials, like her process of making art, is intuitive and experimental. As a contemporary painter and mono printmaker who enjoys combining these processes, her work is abstract, large scale on canvas or board or smaller on paper and continually evolving. She also creates assemblages from earlier artwork and found material.

Painting and mono printmaking may be integrated so a piece which begins as a screen-print is worked into using a range of mixed media and collage with additional over painting by hand, as in the Urban series. Each piece is unique, although particular shapes and motifs reappear in varied positions and combinations together with collaged materials which become integral through overprinting.


Recent paintings include a series of expressive abstracts such as Isolation and Lush. Created during the Pandemic, the body of work reflects diverse moods from the tumultuous to those of quiet reflection. Some explore notions of freedom and constraint, whilst others such as Lush celebrate moments of joy, vitality and appreciation: the freedom to pause, pay attention to nature and connect. Isolation, on the other hand, intentionally garish, provocative and discordant was created on the day we went into lockdown.


The Urban series 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.

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photo: Jack Gifford Phillips. @jackgphillips

In 2020 Suzanne was shortlisted with pieces from her Urban series for the national printmaking Flourish Award and was a finalist at Manchester’s inaugural HOME open exhibition. Since her first solo exhibition at the Pankhurst Centre, Manchester in 1995 she has exhibited and sold work widely throughout the UK including at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, The Hepworth Print Fair, The Manchester Art Fair with Hotbed Press. Her work is represented by the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, Art in Offices, recently in Manchester Art Gallery’s online shop and is in private collections internationally and nationally including that of Sue and Colin Simpson.

Earlier this year, she was interviewed by Ali Cockrean for the Artist Persona online and will have an article published in the Sherborne Times, summer 2021, exploring her art career.

An associate member of Castlefield Gallery, Hotbed Press and the Penwith Gallery, St Ives, she has a studio overlooking Etherow lake, Stockport.

Graduating with a BA in English Literature from York University, Suzanne was largely self-taught until graduating with a distinction from a Foundation Degree in Art and Design in 2000, having taken a sabbatical from her lecturing role. In 2017-2019 she undertook a Complete Printmaker course with Hotbed Press, Salford.



2020 Flourish shortlisted for National Printmaking Award with WYPW

2020 Finalist inaugural HOME exhibition, Manchester

2020/1 bOlder talent development programme for visual artists over 50 with Castlefield Gallery, Manchester



Recent Exhibitions

2021 In Manchester, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

2021 RWA open, Bristol

2020 Mesh, The Pilcrow, Manchester (solo exhibition)

2020 HOME, Manchester (award finalist)

2020 Penwith Gallery St Ives

2019 Porthminster Gallery, Winter Show, St Ives

2020 Gala, Victoria Baths (online exhibition)

2019 Hepworth Print Fair, Wakefield

2019 Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2019 Springbank Arts, High peak

2019 Enso ,Waterside Arts, Greater Manchester (3 artists)

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Mesh, Manchester

2019 Open Art House, Derbyshire Open Arts

2017 Cheshire Open Studios

2016 Circles Unbound, The Studios Gallery, High Peak

1997 Callooh Callay, Altrincham

1995 Pankhurst Centre, Manchester