ART EDUCATION 

                                                                                                                               

1980-1984   Edinburgh College of Art   BA Degree in Drawing and Painting                       

1986-1987   Byam Shaw School of Art London   Postgraduate studies                                         

 

AWARDS 

1985
Elizabeth Greenshields Scholarship
1998
Commended. Morrison Scott Portrait Award   Edinburgh 

2005
Aspect Painting Prize 

SELECTED  EXHIBITIONS 

1986
Netherbow Arts Center  Edinburgh   One person show 

East West Center  London   One person show 

1989
French Place  Shoreditch  London   One person show

1990
Stephen Bartley Gallery  London   One person show

1991
Hunting Group Exhibition  London

International Art consultants  London

1993
Royal Society of Portrait Painters  London

International Art Consultants  London 

1997
Morrison Scott Portrait Award   Edinburgh 

Royal Scottish Academy   Edinburgh 

Royal Glasgow Institute  Glasgow
Compass Gallery   Glasgow. 

1998
Noble Grosshart Painting Competition   Edinburgh
Society of Scottish Artists  Edinburgh
Compass Gallery  Glasgow
Morrison Scott Portrait Award   Edinburgh (commended award) 

2000

Society of Scottish Artists   Edinburgh 

Royal Glasgow Institute   Glasgow

Visual Arts Scotland   Edinburgh 

2001
Todd Building   Glasgow    One person Show 

Gold gallery   Edinburgh
Royal Glasgow Institute  Glasgow 

Compass Gallery   Glasgow 

2002
London Art Fair   Islington 

Battersea Art Fair   London 

Glasgow Art Fair
Full Circle Gallery   Glasgow

Royal Glasgow Institute 

Gold Gallery   Edinburgh 

Compass Gallery   Glasgow 

2003
London Art Fair   Islington
Battersea Art Fair  London
Glasgow Art Fair
Full Circle Gallery   Glasgow 

Mansfield Park Gallery Glasgow   One person show
Royal Glasgow Institute
Art 4 Business   London 

2004
Glasgow Art Fair
Royal Glasgow Institute
Mansfield Park gallery   Two person show 

2005
Mansfield Park Gallery   One person show 

Glasgow Art Fair
Bohun Gallery   London
Paisley Institute
Royal Glasgow Institute 

2006
Adam Gallery   London
Broughton Gallery   One person show 

New Grafton gallery   London 

Rebecca Hossack Gallery   London 

2007
Mansfield park gallery   One person show 

2008
Rebecca Hossack Gallery   London 

Glasgow Art Fair 

Lime Tree Gallery   Bristol 
Lennox Gallery   London 

Poolside Gallery   Isle of Colonsay   One person show 

2009
Wasps Project Room Residency   One person show

2010
One year Residency at Western Baths Club   Glasgow 

Residency Exhibition at Western Baths   One person Show 

2011
Royal Glasgow Institute
Riverside Exhibition   Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum   Glasgow. 

2012 

Group 13  Exhibition   Glasgow Art Club 

2013
The Lighthouse   Glasgow   One person exhibition 

2014 

House for an Art Lover Gallery   Glasgow   One person show 

SELECTED REVIEWS AND ARTICLES 

 

City Limits Nov 16.11.89

'Stepping Out - An exhibition of recent drawings and paintings'

French Place Gallery   Shoreditch   London 

When art is shown in Victorian warehouses instead of the familiar carpeted galleries of the West End the result is often more satisfying. Rusting girders a d crumbling plaster set off the paintings as effectively as plush wall carpeting. Sue Barclay borrowed this space for three weeks between tenants: three years of work, much of it exploratory, her most recent paintings making the trip well worth-while. Built on to a framework of wild expressionism, large simple compositions of foreground and distant glow are worked up with intense attention to surface detail, Barclay spending hours scratching into a few square inches of the canvas. The late paintings of Turner spring immediately to mind, though ostensibly abstract Barclay’s paintings have the shadows of their Expressionist beginnings lurking beneath their cultured surfaces like the figures that drown in Turner’s seas. Turner’s setting sun or snow storm becomes an intensifying glow in Barclay’s paintings, changing in hue causing it to give both optimistic and pessimistic portent. 

Mark Currah 

 

'Stepping Out - An exhibition of recent paintings and drawings'

French Place Gallery   Shoreditch   London 

This exhibition covers Sue Barclay’s output (prodigious output) of paintings over the last three years. the extraordinary impact of the work stems from the fact that they chart an emotional crisis in the the artist’s life. The sun, the light at the end of the tunnel as the source of hope, dominates every canvas. From the earlier, tortured visions of the holocaust, where the world is a dark and hostile inferno, to the later images the Life, itself, is clearly an inspirational force. The latest, large paintings, again the images of suns and moons, glow with energy. Scarlets, crimsons, peaceful and paginate cadmiums oranges and lemons, flicker layer upon layer, resulting in the reverberations that we appreciate in a Turner landscape. They flow the retina and touch the soul. Sue Barclay is a serious and important young Scottish artist. She uses paint with Celtic sensitivity and fervour. This combination and her natural affinity with the Elements transforms her work into an artist force to be reckoned with. 

Molly Parkin

 

Galleries 01.10.90

Sue Barclay 

Stephen Bartley Gallery   London 

For contrast to Gouk’s lusty materialism, go and see the shimmering, other worldly abstractions of the young Scots artist Sue Barclay whose show at the Stephen Bartley Gallery is her second solo show since graduating from Byam Shaw in 1987. She is now working in two complimentary directions: in the first group of pictures creates space-scapes of magical, vibrating colour emanating one or tow burning orbs: in the other she presents harder, more focused discs from which lines radiate. the soothing, etherial quality of the first group contracts with the icon-like stiffness of the second, but in both idioms, a meticulous, painstaking application of pigment results in quietly seductive surfaces. Here is a talent to watch. 

David Cohen

 

The Aspect Prize catalogue   01.10. 2005

The Adam Gallery   London 

I’ve followed the evolution of Sue Biazotti’s work with keen interest since she graduated from Edinburgh college of art in 1984, and seen her mature into one of the country’s top portrait artists, also exhibiting strongly individual landscape paintings. In addition, although not represented in this show, she has reduced an impressive array of abstract work, from large fiery canvases with the whiff of sulphur about them, through strikingly bold and compelling statements of shape and colour, to smaller, delicate, quieter pieces. The image of the swimmer has emerged more recently.

The swimmer reveals so much. The vitality and movement of the body in water. The playful exuberance of the pool and the sea. And yet, se murmurs also of a connection with the unfathomable, of quieter and stiller places were we might hear the resonate of the depths. Somehow Sue manages to hold this creative tension. While her subject matter is often intensely personal, there’s an enticing whisper off intercession to a more impersonal realm. 

I alone of many people owning and admiring Sue’s work who respond to, and enjoy, its  underlying calm and tranquil presence. I was delighted to see her win this prize, and look forward to seeing where her talent will take her next. 

Gordon Barclay

 

The Herald  02.08.08 

Sue Biazotti: Colonsay Summer 

Poolside Gallery, Colonsay 

 

Scotland’s outer reaches are peppered with gems and the island of Colonsay is no exception. For the last few years, local resident, and book-buyer and art lover Georgina Hobhouse has opened up her home to visitors in the summer months, transforming an extension on the side of her house into an art gallery.
Sue Biazotti is the latest artist with a local connection to grace the wall with her work and for his exhibition, Biazotti - a former Aspect Prize Winner - has pulled back from past studies of Colony’s large open says to produce an intimate body of paintings. 
These new pieces draw on Biazotti’s own memories of childhood spent on the island, paling on the beach until dusk. She returned there with her own two children for family holidays and worked on several small intensely personal studies of the small moment s we all treasure; children building dams, flying kites, riding bikes and running wild within a small safe environment. the work has a real feeling of searching for times past in a fast paced world in which there are few certainties. 

Jan Patience

 

    

 

The Herald 20.10.07

Mansfield Park Gallery   Glasgow 

The word that most readily springs to mind when people view the paintings of Sue Biazotti is ethereal. Check out a dictionary definition of this word and it is almost as difficult to pin down as her work. Certainly, her paintings - be they abstract, figurative or landscapes - are all delicate, refined, and exquisite. they are also light as air, celestial and even spiritual. 
If paintings reflect the artist, the this is surely the case with Biazotti, who in flesh exudes a Zen-like calm. A dedicated yoga practitioner who is taking a break from teaching it to concentrate on both painting and her growing family, she has recently been busy in her studio at home in the west end of Glasgow producing new work for the mansfield Park Gallery in nearby Patrick. 
The bulk of its builds on a theme which she has been interested in for several years - that of underwater bathers and the effect eh weightlessness of water has on the mind, body and spirit. Also included in the show are serene landscapes, often with just a solitary figure on a shore gazing out to sea . Her use of colour is soothing without being feeble, and the texture of her oils exquisite, displaying the quiet confidence of an artist who is coming  into her own space. 
In 2005, Biazotti won the prestigious Aspect Prize with her her large hypnotic canvas Dive- Les Issambres, a depiction of her daughter Gabriella swimming underwater. Following this period, she produced mainly abstract paintings, but she has chosen to return to figurative work to explore ideas that, she explains, ‘have been working on her for a long time’. The result is quite special. 
The inspiration for her bathers paintings came from watching her children, Gabriella, now 16, and Matteo, 12, swim underwater when they were very young. “There is real grace and freedom in young children when they are small,” she says. “ I suppose I am interested in this because of yoga, but I feel we loose this spontaneity and freedom along the way and there is so much beauty in it underwater, when there is no sound or weight bearing on the body.” Her children act as models for much of her work, and one of her strongest pieces in the show is ‘Beach Boy, which shows Matteo facing out to sea as the dying embers of the sun disappear over the horizon. 
The daughter of an architect father and a mother who practiced yoga, Biazotti was destined for her current path in life. “Even when I was little I was always drawing and painting my friends,” she recalls. “ I really didn't want to do anything else but be an artist. At the same time, I’d be copying the poses in my mums yoga books, so I am a fusion of both parents’ artistic and spiritual selves. 
Biazotti graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1984 and continued to paint and study in London. There, she curated and starred in her own three week show in an east end warehouse to much critical acclaim. In 1997, by then married with two young children, she returned to her home city of Glasgow. Her work is found in private and corporate collections all over the world, but Biazotti is most gratified by the calls, or emails she gets from people who have felt a healing presence exude from the canvas. 
“I talked to a woman recently in London who bout one of my paintings about five years ago and she wanted me to now that she had gone through a really hard time in these years but one of her sources of comfort was my painting, which she used to sit beside and look at when she needed to think. That, for me is a wonderful thing to know.” 

 

The Herald  20.04.13 

Sue Biazotti : Hope Street  

The Lighthouse   Mitchell Street   Glasgow 

Perhaps it is the  ghost of her whisky industry grandfather pioneer James Barclay, channeling it’s way into her art, but for a new series of paintings of Glasgow city centre in the 21st century, Sue Biazotti has conjured up a vision of what could almost be a smoggy Glasgow in the 1930s  or 1940s. In a series of 22 paintings called Hope Street, Biazotti, who won the Aspect prize in 2005, has tried to find a way to paint “how she feels about Glasgow”. Biazotti was born in Glasgow, but grew up in Gartocharn in Stirlingshire. She trained at Edinburgh College of Art and lived in London for a decade. “I’ve found that I’ve thought about my grandpa a lot as I’ve been working on this series. Strangely, he had his offices near to Hope Street. I used to see Glasgow as a dark and foreboding place when I was a child. I think this is coming out in the work. 
There may be darkness in these paintings, but it is balanced by a lightness of being, which those who know Biazotti’s work will recognise as her signature touch. 

Jan Patience