Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Last updated: 11 December 2008

Painter-provocateur, Sue Williams, has emerged as a leading visual artist living and working in Wales today.

Sue Williams was born in Cornwall in 1956. She trained at Cardiff Art College during the 1970s before completing an MA in Fine Art at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education.

From there she went on to teach Fine Art at University of Plymouth, University Wales Institute Cardiff and Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Her work has been exhibited across Wales and the UK, France, Belgium and Germany, and she completed a residency at Staten Island, New York.

Williams' tenacity has won her a string of awards and commissions including the Welsh Arts Council Award in 1982, and the Oppenheim John Downes Award in 1993. In 2000 she was presented with the National Eisteddfod Gold Medal and the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Award for painting.

She is now a member of the Visual Arts Board for the Arts Council of Wales and the 56 Group, a collective of Welsh artists who show their work together. Despite not being born in Wales, Sue is very much a Welsh painter.

She also took part in the 2005 Cultural Capital exhibition and META at the Bay Art Gallery. In 2006 the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, will curate a touring exhibition of newly commissioned paintings and she was the only British artist to make it to the final stage of the second Artes Mundi prize.

With her solid background in Fine Art, Williams combines her skilful drawings with mixed-media on a bold scale. Fabric, photography, text and graffiti are mashed into strong, confrontational paintings. Mixing sexuality, lust, jealousy and feminist ideology, Williams challenges the viewer to question the nature of femininity and female roles within society.

Sue still lives, works and teaches in Cardiff.

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