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Susie Leiper

Susie Leiper
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The mountain, in all its guises, is for Susie an inexhaustible source of material, both visually and verbally. Her abstract paintings look both at and into the mountain and are sometimes, but not always, combined with calligraphic renderings of poetry. The combination of painting, poetry and calligraphy, so revered by the Chinese, is something Susie is always striving to achieve. Susie paints and writes on everything from vast walls and canvases to small pieces of wood and artist books.
Degrees from St Andrews and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a spell in Hong Kong, led to an early career in book editing. Susie then completed her formal training as a calligrapher under Donald Jackson on the Saint John’s Bible. This resulted in a flourishing of artistic output, to large word canvases and walls and to abstract paintings based mainly on the theme of mountains. Susie is a long-standing member of a painting group led by Paul Keir and she is a member of the Artist Book Group. She exhibits widely and has had several successful solo shows at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, The British Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Royal Collection all hold her work. Susie is a fellow of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and is the recipient of several awards, including most recently a joint Jerwood residency at Cove Park in Argyll and Bute to work with an acoustic musician and a poet.