OBSERVING COLOUR AND WATER
4 Nov 2021
28 Nov 2021
Sue Currie has spent most of her life close to the water: either in it, on it, or round it. This deep connection is conveyed in the watercolours, acrylics and oils of Observing Colour and Water, inspired by the coastal environments and inland bodies of water that Currie has navigated in her life and work. Always carrying a camera with herm she captures moments that may only last a few seconds, to convey colour, shapes and mood into her paintings.
Much of the work in Observing Colour and Water reflects the land and seascapes local to Stoddart Cottage. It’s an area with which Currie has strong ties, with a childhood in which weekends and holidays were spent at her family’s holiday home in nearby Charteris Bay, the small Banks Peninsula settlement where she now lives. As a watercolourist, Currie’s arts practice also belongs to a history of New Zealand painting that has its origins in the impressionist studies of Margaret Stoddart, who was born here at Stoddart Cottage in 1865
Sue Currie is a Christchurch born artist who lives in Charteris Bay, Banks Peninsula. She has been painting since 1974, with a major focus on landscapes, which she exhibits regularly, mainly in the South Island. After working in Sydney for seven years as a graphic designer, she returned to Christchurch to pursue fine art painting professionally. Her painting has taken her across the world, creating work from sketches and photos taken on trips to France, Italy, Britain, Malaysia, Mexico, China and Hong Kong. However, her main inspiration remains the South Island of New Zealand. Influenced by her surroundings, Currie endeavours to capture moments from these on paper or canvas, always experimenting with different techniques. Choice of many subjects has introduced a wide range of diversity in her work. Currie is the recipient of numerous awards and has paintings in collections in New Zealand and overseas.