Susan Gunn

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Susan Gunn
Susan Gunn at an exhibition in 2012.jpg
Artist Susan Gunn at an exhibition in 2012
Greater Manchester, England
ResidenceCheshire, England
EducationNorwich University of the Arts
WebsiteSusan Gunn Artist

Susan Gunn is a British artist. She was born in Greater Manchester, England in 1965, and studied at Norwich University of the Arts where she was awarded a First Class BA Honours in Fine Art Painting in 2004.[1] In 2006 she was awarded the inaugural Sovereign European Art Prize.[2][3] In 2014 she was commissioned to create a twenty-metre painting for the £11.6 million low carbon building project 'The Enterprise Centre' at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.[4] She is a member of Contemporary British Painting.[5]

Gunn's artworks are made using traditional binders imbued with beeswax and linseed, natural earth pigments and layers of traditionally made gesso. The surface undergoes a natural process beyond the control of the artist and renders each painting unique.[1]

The Sovereign European Art Prize[edit]

Gunn was awarded the inaugural Sovereign European Art Prize in 2006 ahead of 300 artists from over twenty countries with her 10 feet high red painting, Specto Specus I & II.[6] Sir Peter Blake, one of the judges, said of her work "I think she is a very talented artist and her paintings are incredibly beautiful objects."[6]

Selected collections[edit]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 2016 – Ground, The Portico Library, Manchester, England[10]
  • 2016 – Group Exhibition: Priseman Seabrook Collection, The Minories, Colchester, England[11]
  • 2016 – Mandell's Gallery, Norwich, England[12][13]
  • 2014 – East Contemporary Art: Place and Landscape, Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Ipswich, England[14]
  • 2011 – Crossroads, Candlestar; International Women's Day Exhibition, London[15]
  • 2011 – The Gallery at NUA, Norwich, England[16]

Personal life[edit]

Gunn was interested in art at a young age attending a foundation course in art at Bolton College, England, she did not complete the course leaving at the age of eighteen to pursue a career in modelling and later launch a fashion business.[6] She is married to Bryan Gunn, a former professional footballer and football manager, who she met in Spain, where she had a bridal wear company.[6][17] He proposed within three days of their meeting, and they were married the following year.[6] They lived in Framingham Pigot, near Norwich, until moving to Cheshire in May 2011.[18] The Gunns have had three children: Francesca, Melissa and Angus.[6] Their first child Francesca was diagnosed with leukaemia and died aged two.[6] Melissa is a model,[19] while their son, Angus, is a professional footballer and plays in goal, as did his father.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Susan Gunn". Tanner & Lawson. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  2. ^ "Painter scoops 25,000 euros prize". BBC. 2006-01-14. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  3. ^ a b c "Norwich Castle Exhibition". Museums Norfolk. 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Award Winning Artist Susan Gunn commissioned to paint 'low carbon' frieze for The Enterprise Centre - netMAGmedia Ltd". netMAGmedia Ltd. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  5. ^ "Susan Gunn | contemporary british painting". Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Nikkhah, Roya (6 February 2006). "Footballer's wife paints a different picture to make a mark". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  7. ^ "The Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting | contemporary british painting". Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  8. ^ "Object: Dark Matter I". Norfolk Museums Service. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  9. ^ "Centre for British Painting make donation to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery". Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  10. ^ "Exhibitions | The Portico Library and Gallery". Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  11. ^ "Priseman Seabrook Collection – Colchester School of Art". Colchester School of Art. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  12. ^ "Susan Gunn – Mandell's Gallery". Mandells Gallery. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  13. ^ Knights, Emma. "New Susan Gunn art show opens in Norwich". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  14. ^ "East Contemporary Art: Place and Landscape". Archived from the original on 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  15. ^ "Crossroads". Candlestar. 2011-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  16. ^ "Susan Gunn exhibition opens in The Gallery at NUA – Norwich University of the Arts". Norwich University of the Arts. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  17. ^ Shaw, Phil (25 October 2006). "Author of a different kind of football book: Fighting back with the Gunns". The Independent. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  18. ^ Briscoe, Kim (14 May 2011). "Canaries legend Gunn to leave Norfolk". Eastern Daily Press. Norfolk. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  19. ^ Forsyth, Paul (25 January 2009). "Interview: Gunn slings his hat in the ring at City". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
  20. ^ Cuffley, David (7 October 2010). "Norwich City's Gunn gets chance to shine for England". Eastern Daily Press. Norfolk. Retrieved 8 March 2011.

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