Susan Mannion, printmaker and copper enamelist, specialises in wood engraving. She has exhibited internationally. Her work is held in several public and private collections. Susan has recently been awarded an artist residency in Japan to undertake an intensive study of the Japanese woodcut tradition.
Originally from Omagh, she studied at West Dean College (located, by the way, in West Dean House, West Sussex, another major work by James Wyatt, the architect of Castle Coole). After graduation, she lived in Belfast for a number of years, adding to her skills by attending courses in such places as Horsley Printmakers Studio, near Newcastle upon Tyne and NUI Galway.
She is fascinated by the small observed worlds of texture and colour, especially where one meets another, such as where a lake meets the shore or when hard architectural shapes are reflected on the swirling surface of water. The small scale of her work enhances the sense of entering a micro-world of precise observation.
She also seeks to push the boundaries of this printmaking form using multiple blocks and overlay colour. Similarly, her enamel work on copper surface strives to widen the limits, experimenting with new ways of incising.
Susan has been printmaking for several years now, initially through textile printing, developing the practice on to paper. Her work evolves from observed detail captured, firstly, by sketching, then laying down the image onto the wooden block or copper surface, creating intricate thread-like lines and finely-graded textures.
She had a one-woman show at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, last year. Group shows include The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, 2015, The Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd and 185th Annual Exhibitions, Dublin, 2013 & 2015, The Royal Society of Painter- Printmakers, Masters Show, Bankside Gallery, London, 2015 and The Wood Engravers’ Network Triennial Exhibition 2014-2016, a touring exhibition round the US.