"The Art Gallery to watch, 2017"

Sue Howells

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Sue Howells

Sue Howells is one of the most collectable artists in the UK today. Entirely self taught, Sue has developed an instantly recognisable and unique style through which she creates her light hearted and witty snapshots of every day life.


Known for her interpretation of landscapes and buildings she has developed a bold and vivid style to express her view of the world and bring perspective to her painting. She works mainly in watercolours but loves to experiment with other media.

She continues to broaden her range of subjects, maintaining her energy and colours by using an economy of brush strokes. Sue works as loosely as possible as watercolours can be controlled but never bullied.

The colours she uses take on a wide range of hues when she adds light and dark, giving a translucent quality coupled with brush texture and an ability to use contrasting colour to very good effect.

“Nothing in my pictures is real. Everything is off-kilter, which generates an energy that seems to appeal. The more I exaggerate my figures, the more popular they are. People can see what they want to see if pictures aren’t literal.”

Charismatic figures bustle through the paintings creating an endearing narrative that draws you in. Sue’s ability to create stunning depth by simply hinting at the form of figures and buildings enables you to feel as if you could step into each piece, a remarkable use of watercolour.

With a catalogue of successful solo exhibitions it is no surprise that Sue has acquired a number of prestigious awards. Having previously being awarded The Fine Art Trade Guild’s ‘Best Selling Living Artist’ speaks volumes for the overwhelming popularity of her work

Sue Howells