Christine Suzman works as a sculpture and painter, in a wide range of media and on a variety of subjects, specialising in horses and wildlife.
Christine was born in Sweden and lived for many years in South Africa. She now lives in the UK, in Haslemere, Surrey. She has exhibited widely in both countries and also has works in collections in the US and Europe.
After studying in Paris, Christine worked as a painter in Johannesburg, and studied ceramics with Val and John Edwards. She soon realised that it was ceramic sculpture that appealed to her, and particularly the use of glazes, with their variety of colours and unique effects and textures. She embarked on a series of horses and birds, concentrating on formal qualities of line, shape and movement, and often inspired by the Chinese Chang Dynasty tomb figures, whose lively and decorative qualities they share. Three one-man exhibitions followed, including ceramic horses, birds and wildlife, as well as drawings and a series of bronze horses, exploring other sculptural styles not appropriate to ceramics.
During this period, Christine also worked as editor for Ad. Donker publishers, for whom she created jacket and book illustrations.
After moving to London in 1987, Christine returned to painting and drawing, concentrating on portraits and exhibiting work in London and West Sussex. In 1997 she acquired a kiln and resumed her ceramic sculpture, expanding her range of horses and exploring other possibilities, including mounting them on stands to achieve greater movement and variety. Recent developments include other animals and human figures, and a series of colourful and decorative cheetahs.
The ceramic figures have no armatures, and are individually modelled and glazed. The glazes are mainly rich greens, blues and ochres, in various combinations, resulting in a range of serendipitous effects, with a creamy, jade-like quality. They range in size from approximately 10 x 10 inches, to 24 x 24 inches.
Recently Christine has returned to working in bronze and is planning series of cheetahs, greyhounds and horses. She has just completed a series of cheetahs, emphasising their elegance and agility, while still concentrating on sculptural qualities of form, line and texture. These are cast in bronze in editions of 20, and range in size from 16 x 18 inches to 14 x 7 inches.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Society of Equestrian Artists, Mall Galleries
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
Gallery hours: Mon to Fri: 9h30 to 17h00, Sat: 10h00 to 14h00
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