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Susan is planning an open studio event (with guests Mark Greene & Carl Gray) on 29-31 May (BH), 10 to 5 as part of the Upton Studios (see below for more info).

I paint and sculpt in a loose figurative style, using oils, watercolour & clay.
High Farm, 20 Main Street, Upton, Newark NG23 5ST
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Born in Cardiff and originally training in fine art sculpture, Susan Isaac worked as a landscape archaeologist in Shropshire and Lancashire before returning full time to painting and sculpture, based at her adoptive home in Nottinghamshire. A common thread in Susan’s work is an ‘endeavour to capture the spirit of things or places I have known, to seek to illuminate aspects of the world that have captured my imagination – to evoke feeling’.

In 2020 (broadcast in Feb 2021), Susan was a ‘wildcard’ winner on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year.

Susan’s work has won a range of awards: 1st Prize (Competition winner) – Paint Out Norfolk (2020); Shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize (Holt Festival, 2020); 1st Prize Oil Painting – Paint Out Norfolk at the Sainsbury Centre (2019); Shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize (part of the Holt Festival, 2019); 1st Prize Nocturne – Paint Out Norwich (2018); International Festival Choice – Buxton Spa Prize Open Art Competition (2017); Thoresby Open First Prize (2017); Shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize (part of the Holt Festival, 2017); 1851 Prize – Oxford Open plein air competition (2015); Exhibition prize winner – Thoresby Open Exhibition (2015); Wilson Browne prize – Leicester Open26 Exhibition (2015); Winsor & Newton Award – TALP in 2015; Exhibition prize winner – Thoresby Open Exhibition (2011); Tony Wilkinson prize – Thoresby Open Exhibition (2011).


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Susan’s studio is a converted farm cartshed in Upton near Southwell. She also works as a plein air painter.


As a painter, Susan works mostly in oils in a loose figurative style which occasionally dissolves into the abstract elements of her compositions, combining strong drawing skills with bold use of colour and application of texture. Her subjects are mainly towns and seascapes. She loves the insistent repetitive textures of the built environment contrasting with the gentle rhythms of nature. Her coastal depictions and harbour scenes are a transposition of childhood memory onto current day experiences.

Many of Susan’s ceramic sculptures are a fusion of human and landscape forms. Hand-built stoneware geomorphic heads, referencing the mining landscapes of her birthplace, are enhanced using a variety of glazes and stains and are often wood fired to produce exciting and contrasting surfaces

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.


Open Studio: 29-31 May (BH), 10 to 5

See also Susan’s Guests – Mark Greene & Carl Gray

  • Partial wheelchair access.