Wendy Sutherland - Scottish Landscape Artist
The Highland landscape is for me a poetic subject.
My memories are an important source for my work, however it is when these impressions are translated through the language of paint and other mixed media that I feel that my images become some thing more than traditional Scottish landscape painting.
The process by which these images are made is very important to me. The process ranges from physically throwing paint and pigment onto the canvas to delicately drawing and rendering images.
Although the figure is abandoned in my work I consider it to be very much about a human relationship to the landscape.
Edinburgh College of Art
Bachelor of Arts (Hons - 1st class)
Master of Fine Art
Queens Anniversary Award
Travel Scholarship, Andrew Grant Fund
D.M. Hall Centenary Competition, 2nd prize
Landscape Award, Royal Scottish Acad'
Judges Commendation, Highland Open
Materials Scholarship, Andrew Grant Memorial Fund
Scottish Arts Council Lottery Award
Awards to Artists, Highlands and Islands Arts and Scottish Arts Council
PSYBT, Business Start up Award and Exhibition Assistance Grant
Conveyors prize, Highland open
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It would be hard to find a painter more imbued with a sense of what makes the Highlands and islands so different from any other place in the world.
Wendy Sutherland paints in a way that is reminiscent of William Johnstone’s great abstract landscapes.
The Scotsman, Duncan MacMillan
The depth of feeling and beauty in Wendy’s work is something to experience and mere words sell it short. Go and see it for yourself, if you can.
Am Bratach, Stephanie Burness
Channel 4 Ideas Factory
She paints in two starkly contrasting styles. Some paintings are vivid landscapes, explosions of colour capturing the light and shade of the Highland landscape as well as what it feels like to stand on a hillside or beside a river.
Wendy paints from an internal eye, an eye that sees both the landscape in front of her and looks inward at how she interprets those images.
Wendy's paintings are of mountains and glens, but are also intensely human - the expression of the artist in the landscape.
In contrast to the rich colours of her landscapes, Wendy often paints in a very different style. Her work in black ink represents white light seen through a screen of branches and twigs woven into a complex and almost oppressive pattern. It's so different from the style of her other work, that people who've been to her exhibitions have thought the work of two different artists' on the walls.
Wendy paints the hills and the sea, wind and rain, cold and sun light. What she really paints is her love of the landscape. Try as it may, the Highland winds will find Wendy hard to blow away.
Her brush moves with quiet confidence. Layer upon layer she works the composition, listening to what it needs. Purples and blues are mixed with linseed oil to keep them translucent and glowing, sometimes she uses varnish to resist the colour, other times shellac resin forms a textural base, hinting at geological stories beneath the surface. A stroke of Highland romance, a sweep of meteorological savagery; each application is the next step on a climb towards a summit. At the top, when the euphoria subsides, you find the diffused stillness of a perfect view.
Nothing is left to chance by this artist. This is not easy art but its effects are as immediate as a kick in the teeth or a kiss.
Tom Bryan, Routes
Exhibited widely; from The Transit Gallery, Canada, to the Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland, Scotland.
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
Glasgow Art Fair
McLellan Galleries, Royal Glasgow Insitute of Fine Art, Glasgow
Francis Kyle Gallery, Mayfair, London
Candid Art Gallery, London
Mall galleries, London
E1 Gallery, London
Pond Gallery, London
Vital Art Exhibition -The Gallery, London
Salt Gallery, Cornwall
Campden Gallery, Gloucestershire
Artifex Gallery, Birmingham
Atkinson Gallery, Ida Branson Bequest Exhibition, Somerset
Ogilvy and Estill, Conway, Wales