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Sue Viner
Weeping willow

2017

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With a virtuoso hand, combined with an acute observation, appreciation, and understanding of nature, Sue Viner’s work marries ancient techniques and knowledge, with a contemporary sense of design and aestheticism. Captivating and mesmerising in equal measures, it is almost impossible to argue as to whether the artworks present best in modern or traditional interiors. This perhaps draws our attention to the foundation of their appeal: they are timeless, and harness a universal beauty that transcends decades, centuries, cultures and fashion. Highly responsive to their surroundings, the works resemble living entities that transform throughout the day and night, reacting to the changing conditions and light. They take on a spiritual, contemplative dimension in candle-light. Many of the pigments used in the artworks have been meticulously prepared by Sue in their raw forms, and originate from a vast array of sources, including beetles, minerals, glass, and plants. The techniques she employs are the same as those refined by the early Renaissance Florentine master Giotto (1266-1339). The minerals from which many of the pigments originate have, for centuries, been highly prized. Transported along ancient trade routes, their beauty - and often scarcity - has made them extremely sought after, and imbued owners and institutions with signifiers of power, wealth, and status. Indeed, the dangers involved in transporting the goods along the Silk Routes often resulted in costs far higher than money. Lapis lazuli (the vibrant blue), came from the mines of Afghanistan, and was for centuries worth more than gold. As such, the more lapis used in a religious painting, the more devoted it was deemed. Creating the artworks also involves a meticulous process involving gesso, carving, gilding, invented by the Ancient Egyptians and perfected in the Italian Renaissance: to this present day, the techniques have neither been changed nor improved upon. ​Combining the above methods and knowledge, with a contemporary artist’s modern sensibility and design, Sue’s artworks essentially span five millennia - and have been around 4000 years in the making.

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  • Dimensions
    H 10.99 in. x W 8.63 in.H 27.9 cm x W 21.9 cm
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU80613795821
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