Green Heart Gallery
Artist Name: Sue Ninham
Gallery Location: Level 2, Zone D — near Hospital Café
Exhibition Dates: 1 August 2019 – 31 October 2019
Sue paints intuitively, with experimentation often underpinning her creative process. Working in this way, she has developed a visual language that reflects form, space and colour. Whilst there is an element of abstraction in the Monster Mash works, they also show evidence of her illustration design education and training.
Sue’s work continually evolves through her experimental techniques and processes, including collage, oil on canvas, watercolour and more recently textiles. Sue was a commissioned artist on the New Royal Adelaide Hospital Integrated Art Project and winner of the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Poster competition. As an Artist in Residence she has worked at Loreto College and Wilderness School. Sue has exhibited nationally and international and is represented in Adelaide by BMG Art. Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally
Sue Ninham’s Monsters made their first public appearance on the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Poster.
“In 2011 I began to paint a series of watercolour creatures or Monsters. My father had passed away not long before and I was very sad. I was also prolific in my creative output at this time and the Monsters were a part of this outpouring of creative energy. They are playful and quirky, despite my sadness. I painted hundreds of them over the next two years, naming them and writing a story for each. I designed the winning 2012 Fringe poster, featuring nine of them. My favourite Monster is Beryl. There is a little bit of me in all of them but a whole lot in Beryl. I have written a children’s book about her called ’Beryl’s Blooms’ and I hope to complete the illustrations in 2019 and then have the book published,” Sue said.
Over 200 hundred Monsters have found new homes to be mischievous in.
Monster Mash showcases five of the original gang and unleashes twelve new quirky creatures to bring a smile to your dial.
During August, Sue will be running a workshop with patients in Hospital School, making connections between illustration, art making, character development and storytelling.
The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation is pleased to recognise this exhibition for Book Week 2019. Book Week celebrates Australian children’s literature and this year the theme for Book Week is Reading is my Secret Power.
For more information download the exhibition brochure.