Sue Coe

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Sue Coe
Born (1951-02-21) 21 February 1951 (age 66)
Tamworth, Staffordshire
Occupation Artist
Known for Illustration, social protest art, animal rights activist

Sue Coe (born 21 February 1951) is an English artist and illustrator, working primarily in drawing and printmaking, and often in the form of illustrated books and comics. She grew up close to a slaughterhouse and developed a passion to stop cruelty to animals. Her work in the tradition of social protest art[1] and is highly political, often directed against capitalism and animal rights. She lives in upstate New York.


Coe was born 21 February 1951 in Tamworth, Staffordshire.[2] For a quarter century she has explored factory farming, meat packing, apartheid, sweat shops, prisons, AIDS, and war. Her commentary on political events and social injustice is published in newspapers, magazines and books. The results of her investigations are hung in museum and gallery exhibitions and form an essential part of personal fine print collections by artists and activists alike. Coe's paintings and prints are auctioned as fund raisers for a variety of progressive causes and, since 1998, she has sold prints to benefit animal rights organisations.

Coe studied at the Royal College of Art in London and lived in New York City from 1972 to 2001.[3]

Her major influences include the works of Chaim Soutine and José Guadalupe Posada, Käthe Kollwitz, Francisco Goya and Rembrandt. She is a frequent contributor to World War 3 Illustrated, and has seen her work published in The Progressive, Mother Jones, Blab, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek The Nation[4] and other periodicals.

In the 1980s, Coe was featured on the cover of Art News and her artwork has appeared in numerous museum collections and exhibitions.

In 2002, Brown University staged an exhibition of her work titled Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe.[5]

Coe was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician in 1993, and became a full Academician in 1994.

Recent projects include 9-11, on the collapse of the World Trade Center, and her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a critique of the Bush administration. Her latest book, Cruel, was published in May 2012.

In 2013 she was a visiting artist at Parsons School of Design and taught about social awareness in art.[6]

Her artwork is featured in the animal rights movie, Earthlings, and on the cover of Animals, Property, and the Law (1995) by Gary Francione.

Her work is represented by Galerie St. Etienne in New York City.

Selected bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ McKENNA, KRISTINE (4 August 1991). "ART : Slaughter of the Soul : Sue Coe's images of horror in the meat industry indict a dark consciousness that she sees at the core of man's cruelty to man". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sue Coe". Galerie St. Etienne. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sue Coe". HuffPost. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sue Coe". The Nation. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Bell Gallery exhibition of political artist Sue Coe to open September 7". Brown University, News. 2 August 2002. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Video: Our amazing printmaking artist in residence, Sue Coe!". The New School, Parsons. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 

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