I was born in Edinburgh and spent my childhood years in Scotland before moving to London to study at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. I left the UK after completing the foundation course to travel overseas and ended up settling in Sydney, Australia.

I completed a BA Hons (first class) in painting at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney under the supervision of Associate professor Brad Buckley. This dynamic, studio based art school offered an exciting curriculum of art history and theory merged with an undergraduate visual arts program. Over a period of the next few years my work was exhibited widely throughout Sydney and other major Australian cities before I returned to the college having won an Australian Post Graduate Award to study a Master of Fine Arts over two years full-time.

In 1999 I embarked on a six month exchange program at Glasgow School of Art on the MFA program under the supervision of Sam Ainslie and decided in 2000 to leave Australia and return to my Scottish roots to pursue a career as an artist in Scotland. I continue to live and work in Scotland.

My work is concerned with the passing of time, loss, nostalgia and memory. I have from a young age been drawn to the metaphoric qualities which objects embody and the many ways in which as an artist I can create meaning through their re -presentation. The work shown on this site embraces a historical overview of a wide range of visual art disciplines which I have been drawn to ranging from abstract painting through to installation-based work. Over my career I have worked with a multitude of materials alongside paint. (Blu tak, plaster of Paris, modelling paste, ball bearings, inflatable objects) The thinking behind my early work produced a decade of ‘site specific’ installations.

I am passionate about painting, drawing and visual art at large. Through the use of both traditional art materials or mass produced objects I can wrestle with my ideas and thoughts connected to a place, object, motif or historical moment in order to try and make sense of my world. For me art is something that I do, I think about, I study and I find deep interest in.

I graduated with a distinction in 2015 with an MFA in Art & Humanities and currently work at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design on the MFA programme as well as in my studio at WASPS, Dundee.

If you wish to get in touch please send an email to susie@susiejohnston.co.uk