Susie LoweFebruary 10th, 2010
Susie Lowe aka Suzko is a 25-year-old artist specializing in portraiture and figurative work. Suzko takes her inspiration from the city, urban life and street art – especially graffiti, and Manga. That, however, does not to exclude traditional art forms: the renaissance period and the old masters of Italy. She usually works from photographs because “it’s easy to do a straight copy of a photograph, but the fun for me is finding that unique quality in each individual and being able to portray that [in my work].” For the last year she has been experimenting with a new style; using Posca pens on canvas primarily used by graffiti artists, which creates a poster / pop-art feel, in bright fluro colors.
This is one of the first two portraits I did using Posca pen and acrylic on canvas.
Having been born and bred in London, England it’s not surprising that two of my main influences are urban trends and subcultures. It has become increasingly evident that the latest craze around town is bike riding but not only that, fixed gear bikes. The courier scene has also become very fashionable and this is what motivated me to paint these two works.
‘Baby and Tash’
‘Baby and Tash’ is taken from a photograph of my grandfather (long gone), holding me as a baby and ‘Girlie’ is a portrait of my dying grandmother in her youth. Both of these were particularly affecting to paint. It is often easier and essentially more powerful when you have an emotional connection to the subject.
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