Susan Baird


Susan Baird creates poetic paintings that capture the essence of Australian environments. Often created en plein air, her works canvass the vicissitudes of the natural world, springing as much from physical topographies as they do from psychological, emotional and spiritual affiliations. Vibrant strokes of colour, swift brushwork and suggested forms conjure a kind of optic memory, evoking the sensations of form, shape, light and colour that have inspired generations of artists. Consciously harnessing liminal or ‘in between’ moments – when the sun retreats behind a cloud, the wind caressing the trees or the pool of light that gushes in at the day’s end  – Baird’s paintings channel the artist’s harmonic awareness of the rhythms of nature.

Baird has been the recipient of various residencies including Bull Bay, Bruny Island (2015), Murray’s Cottage, Hill End, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (2012) and a finalist in numerous awards including the Calleen Art Award (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016), Paddington Art Prize (2018, 2011, 2010, 2009), Mosman Art Prize (2016, 2015, 2010), Colville Lloyd Rees Art Prize (2013) and the Blake Prize (2011). Her work is held in major national and international collections such as Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Cowra Regional Art gallery, Artbank, J.B.Were & Son, London, Le Meridien, Vanuatu and Magic Works Miami, Florida, as well as private and corporate collections in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

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