Norwich University of the Arts Alumni and internationally acclaimed artist Susan Gunn has been chosen to create her signature art for the £11.6 million ambitious and ground-breaking low carbon building project that is The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The 20 metre painting will span the length of the lecture theatre entrance wall creating a dramatic and evocative centrepiece.
Gunn uses natural earth pigments, a traditional binder and natural beeswax together with regionally sourced linseed oil to provoke fractured surfaces that develop during the drying process.
Susan Gunn comments on the project:
“This is a fantastic project on which to collaborate with the developers of The Enterprise Centre, the Adapt Low Carbon Group and architectural firm, Architype. The innovative concept and sustainable materials used in the building dovetail perfectly with my approach to painting. I aim to keep the carbon footprint of the painting as low as possible using ethically sourced and natural materials. The bespoke museum grade stretchers adhere to stringent standards using 80% recycled aluminium and poplar plywood from a sustainable source within the EU.”
The painting will be made in panels that hang together as a frieze, approximately 20 metres long.
Over the eleven panels there are sequences of 11 pigments that form the layout incorporating a colour scheme to echo the natural surroundings.
“I love this numerical arrangement as a concept, where effectively the sequence ends at the beginning and the chronological cycle comes full circle. The rhythm of the piece is rather idiosyncratic which throws up interesting combinations and I am pleased that each piece is entirely unique. The idea is for the spaces divided vertically to form a resonance or rhythm as the eye will wander over the panoramic work.”
“I was particularly inspired by the offset vertical lines of the trees visible in the atrium from the
Memorial Gardens and conservation site in the grounds of the building; the vertical divisions in the painting aim to accentuate these and bring an order to the organic fractures evident in the surface,” says Gunn.
John French, Project Director of The Enterprise Centre and CEO of Adapt, said “We’re delighted that Susan Gunn has accepted this commission. Her artwork perfectly resonates with the building’s low carbon, sustainable ethos. It will have a major impact on all users and visitors to The Enterprise Centre. It will be a stunning and dramatic piece.”
The Enterprise Centre – the UK’s greenest commercial building - will open in spring 2015. Susan Gunn’s commission for The Enterprise Centre is sponsored by Turquoise International Ltd.
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About Susan Gunn
An Alumni of Norwich University of the Arts, Susan received international recognition when she was awarded the Sovereign European Art Prize in 2006.
Susan Gunn has exhibited widely including exhibitions in association with Contemporary British Painting, Bonhams, The Fine Art Society - London, Candlestar Cultural Agency, Arts Council England, Commissions East, Rollo Contemporary Art Gallery and, Salthouse Church, in conjunction with the North Norfolk Exhibition Project. She has held solo exhibitions at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts; and The Crypt, Marylebone, London.
She was employed as a selector and nominator for Axis MA Graduates programme, sat on the regional Arts Council for the East of England and was on the select panel of judges for the Sovereign European Art Prize 2007 that was launched at the Guggenheim – Venice.
Susan has lectured at Norwich University of the Arts and worked as a visiting tutor for Fine Art, she is also a judge for the annual Bishops Art Prize presented to a student studying at the University.
An inaugural member of Contemporary British Painting, founded by Robert Priseman; Susan has paintings in public and private collections around the world.
Susan currently lives in Cheshire and works from her studio in Salford.
She is an associate member of the Castlefield Gallery - Manchester and a member of the Contemporary Art Society NorthWest.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS - in conjunction with Contemporary British Painting. Brentwood Cathedral, Essex, UK
@ CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING - Ipswich Museum & Art Gallery, Suffolk UK
November 2014 - March 2015
EAST CONTEMPORARY ART: PLACES & LANDSCAPES Waterfront Gallery, Suffolk, UK
October 2014 - November 2014
What the critics say:
Sir Peter Blake (Artist), “I think she is a very talented Artist –her paintings are incredibly beautiful objects”.
Ian Collins (Author and Arts Critic), “Exquisite work…this is a great artist in the making”.
Artist Dr Colin Self, “Susan’s painting radiate a special and divine kind of presence…They quietly envelope…”.