Susan Schmidt

 Susan Schmidt – Art Practice

Belief in the connectedness of all life, responsibility for the natural environment and concern for sustainable living is the underpinning of my work.

My works are Contemporary Realism punctuated with subtle abstract elements and surprises that allow the underlying to emerge, achieving an organic quality echoing transience, loss and memory.

I paint what I know and where I live and feel compelled to transmute an appreciation and awareness through my art of the value and need to conserve the often taken for granted.

‘Seaburbia’ is a series that was born from this ethos and has been a major part of my practice since first exhibited by selection in ‘The Studio’ Art Sydney 2009.

It was witnessing the gradual disappearance of the original beach houses on the Sunshine Coast where I live that was the motivator to create these works. The continuing series is an exploration of the cultural memory and heritage of the quintessential Australian beach house and the value of a more simple way of life. I paint in acrylic and oil, pattern, layer and rub back the works to achieve a weatherworn texture recalling the erosion of matter over time and the residues of nostalgia and decay. Composed from my own photographs, referencing memories and reminiscing retro colour I am documenting the essence of coastal living lost to time and development.

Works from my ‘Seaburbia’ series are represented in the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection, the Sunshine Coast Council Art Collection and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital as well as corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.

I have been exhibiting in selected and solo exhibitions since 1998 and since 2012 internationally in the New York Chelsea International Art Competition, in Hong Kong, Istanbul, San Diego and Singapore and in 2016 by invitation artist-in-residence at One & Only – Reethi Rah, Maldives.

Most recently I was one of 25 finalists selected out of 16,000 artists in the Rise Art Prize ‘Global Artist of the Year’ award, a global competition to uncover the world’s most exciting contemporary artists demonstrating creative excellence, original ideas and exceptional technical skill.

https://www.riseartprize.com/finalists

A global panel of judges including Gavin Turk, David Bailey, Harland Miller and Fiona Banner reviewed the finalist’s works in person and winners were announced at an Awards Ceremony on the 8th February at the House of VANS, London. My finalist work has since sold to a London collector.

Following is a comment/review I’d like to share with you by one of the Rise Art Curators:

“I love Susan Schmidt’s use of colour, form, line and pattern in these works. The combination of precision, depth and richness of these elements to create images that visually verge on abstraction, but simultaneously tap into a shared emotional nostalgia for all the summers past conflated with hope for all of those to come.” Alice Russotti – Rise Art Curator 

Background
Born in 1960 SA, Australia 

Resides
Noosa Heads, QLD Australia 

Qualifications
1993-current Visual Arts Practice
1981-1993 Freelance Illustrator/Designer, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane 
1978-1980 School of Art and Craft, Adelaide 

Exhibitions – solo and selected
2018 l Stanthorpe Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, QLD, Australia 
2018 l Rise Art Prize ‘Global Artist of the Year Award’ Finalist Exhibition, London UK 
2017 l Singapore Contemporary Art Show (selected solo artist dialogue) Singapore 
2016 l Singapore Contemporary Art Show (selected solo artist dialogue) Singapore 
2015 l Art San Diego (self-represented) California, USA 
2015 l Fibro Coast Exhibition Bribie Island Seaside Museum, QLD, Australia 
2014 l Contemporary Istanbul (selected) Turkey 
2014 l see.me Takeover Times Square (selected) New York, USA 
2014 l Fibro Coast Exhibition University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery, QLD, Australia 
2014 l Fibro Coast Exhibition Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD, Australia 
2013 l SCOPE see.me Art Takes Miami (selected) Miami, USA 
2013 l Seaburbia Art2Muse, Sydney NSW, Australia 
2013 l Asia Contemporary Art Show (self-represented) Hong Kong 
2013 l see.me Creatives Rising (selected) New York, USA 
2013 l Seaburbia Kartspace Gallery, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia 
2013 l see.me The Story of the Creative (selected) New York, USA 
2012 l Asia Contemporary Art Show (self-represented) Hong Kong 
2012 l 27th Chelsea International Art Competition Exhibition (finalist) New York, USA 
2011 l Seaburbia Sydney Art Show (self-represented) NSW, Australia 
2010 l Seaburbia Art Sydney (self-represented )NSW, Australia 
2010 l Seaburbia The Studio – Art Melbourne(selected) VIC, Australia 
2010 l ‘Up the Coast’, Sunshine Coast Heritage Collections (invitation) QLD, Australia 
2009 l Seaburbia The Studio – Art Sydney(selected) NSW, Australia 
2009 l Balmain Art and Craft Show (feature artist) NSW, Australia 
2008 l River Neo Gallery, Brisbane QLD, Australia 
2007 l Streetscapes Neo Gallery, Brisbane QLD, Australia 
2007 l The Mayors Prize (finalist) Kenilworth-Maroochy Art Prize QLD, Australia 
2005 l Rivers and Reeds Noosa Regional Gallery QLD, Australia 
2004 l Latest Works Artbank Studio, Kin Kin QLD, Australia 
2003 l Images of Cape York and T.I. Sheraton Noosa Resort QLD, Australia 
2003 l Postcards from Noosa (invitation) Cooroy Butter Factory QLD, Australia 
2002 l Five days on Fraser Sheraton Noosa Resort QLD, Australia 
2001 l Noosa Bay Series Sheraton Noosa Resort QLD, Australia 
2001 l Indigenous Series Noosa Council Library QLD, Australia 
2000 l Indigenous Series Artbank Studio, Kin Kin QLD, Australia 
1998 l Pandanus, primal seed, savage splendour Framed Darwin Gallery NT, Australia 

Awards and Acquisitions
2018 l Stanthorpe Art Prize (finalist) QLD Australia 
2018 l Sunshine Coast Council Art Collection – acquisition 
2018 l Sunshine Coast University Art Collection – acquisition 
2018 l Rise Art Prize ‘Global Artist of the Year Award’ (finalist) London, UK 
2016 l Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital – commissioned works 
2015 l Local Content Art Prize (finalist) Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia 
2013 l Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital – commissioned works 
2013 l Noosa Integrated Catchment Association – Design for Place Project 
2012 l 27th Chelsea International Art Competition (finalist) New York, USA 
2012 l Sunshine Coast Art Prize (finalist) QLD, Australia 
2011 l Noosa Integrated Catchment Association –Noosa Surface Design Project 
2011 l Kenilworth Art Prize (finalist) QLD, Australia 
2011 l Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2011 (finalist) QLD, Australia 
2009 l Kenilworth Art Prize (finalist) QLD, Australia 
2007 l The Mayors Prize (finalist) Kenilworth-Maroochy Art Prize QLD, Australia 
2004 l Noosa Art Prize (highly commended) QLD, Australia 
2004 l Kin Kin Telstra Exchange – Mural 
2002 l Kin Kin State School – Mural 
2001 l Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa – commissioned works for refurbishment 

Grants and Residencies
2016 l One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives 
2016-2012 l Austrade – Export Market Development Grant 
2012 l Sunshine Coast Council –Individual Development Grant 

Collections
Sunshine Coast Council Art Collection 
University of the Sunshine Coast Art Collection 
RACV Noosa Resort 
The Luciano Benetton Foundation’s ‘Imago Mundi’, Italy 
BraMa Boxhagener, Berlin 
Mater Hospital, Brisbane 
Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital 
Sunshine Coast University Hospital 
NewsWhistle 
Australian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong 
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association 
Rydges Darwin Airport Inn 
Rydges Darwin Airport Resort 
Kin Kin Telstra Exchange (mural) 
Kin Kin State School (mural) 
Sheraton Noosa Resort 
Cairns International Resort 
Grand Pacific Resort, Caloundra 
ArtHouse Reproductions, Brisbane (Giclee reproductions) 
Origin Publishing, Brisbane (Giclee reproductions) 
Private Collections national/international 

Publications and Media Coverage
Imago Mundi –Luciano Benetton Collection ‘Looking Down Under, Contemporary Artists from Australia’ 382/3 
http://newswhistle.com/archives/2158 
http://www.zoneonearts.com.au 
Interview – Easy Street, Noosa Community Radio, 14th November 2012 
http://www.luxury-insider.com/events/431/asia-contemporary-art-show-debuts-in-hong-kong 
ArtMap Express, Hong Kong, Asia Contemporary Art Show, October 2012 
Oryx Magazine, QATAR airways, Asia Contemporary Art Show, October 2012 
Artplus Magazine, Hong Kong, Asia Contemporary Art Show, August 2012 
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2012 Exhibition Catalogue, 2012 
Chanel 7 News, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, August 16, 2012 
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2011 Exhibition Catalogue, 2011 
Harbour View Magazine, Colourful Stories, Headland Gallery, May 2011 
Darwin Life, Bursting with Colour, Claire Melhuish, May 2011 
Art Nation Series 1, Episode 13, works featured from Art Melbourne 2010, May 2010 
Queensland Getaway, Television Segment, May 9th 2009 
Profile Magazine, For Art’s Sake, Angela Bueti, April 2009 
River Living, front cover, July 2008 
Brisbane Affair, Banking on Colour, Lucinda Dean, August 2007 
Style Sunshine Coast, front cover and editorial, Accidental Artist, Janine Hill, June 2007 
City Life Magazine, editorial, May 2007 
Cairns City Life Magazine, Big, Bold and Bright, Trevor Marsh-Booth, January 2006 
Noosa Magazine, front cover and editorial, Kin Kin Creator, Sherine Conyers, July 2005 
Noosa Magazine, front cover and editorial, Artistic Hideaway, Gail Arnold, January 2004 
Weekender Noosa, editorial, August 2003 
beachfrontnoosa (Noosa Journal), front cover and editorial, June 2003 
Noosa Magazine, front cover and editorial, May 2003 
WIN Television, images from Noosa Bay Series followed local news, July 6th 2001