Contact / About

I am an Amsterdam based artist 
Working with Oils, Acrylics, pastels and pen.

ABOUT MY WORK

I paint human figures by focusing on the torso or back, leaving out the head as I find it only distracting. In doing so I reduce the pose to its essence. Through muscle tension and skin tones and shades, poses come alive, while at the same time initiating a play between realistic and abstract depiction.

My portraits have a haziness about them, leaving them open to suggestion and the need for one’s own construction. As I usually paint my non commissioned work from images of people that don’t exist (from thispersondoesnotexist.com), they encourage me to make up a story around them, giving these pictured faces characters, emotions, a history. But they always remain non existent and obscure.

MY STORY

During my time in London I started painting as an outlet next to my corporate jobs. I trained by attending life drawing classes and did several courses at  London’s art schools. Back in The Netherlands I kept on painting and started drawing cartoons. My focus is on the human figure and portraits. I have a background in anthropology and psychology and human beings have always been a source of fascination to me.

2017 – Figure painting Masterclass, with Alan McGowan, London
2013 – Painting in practice, The Art Academy, London 
2012 – Painting & personal inspiration, Central St. Martin’s College of Arts and Design,, London
2011 – Life drawing, Kensington and Chelsea College, London
1995 – Psychology, Radboud University Nijmegen
1993 – 1999 Cultural Anthropology (MA), Radboud University Nijmegen

Exhibitions

2021 – duo exhibition – Studio Da Vasco, Amsterdam
2020 – group exhibition – WG Kunst, Amsterdam

Get in touch

Email: susanne.wennekes@mail.com
Insta: Miss_Ussu

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