Susanna Heron was born in Welwyn Garden City, the daughter of artist Patrick HERON and his wife Delia. The family moved to Cornwall in 1955. Susanna attended Falmouth School of Art from 1967-1968, and then the Central School of Art & Design in London, graduating in 1971. Not unlike her father, she is both a multi-talented artist and writer. In 1973 her works were purchased by the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. In 1977 she was awarded a United Kingdom/United States Bicentennial Arts Fellowship through the British Council which enabled her to visit the USA for one year, where she was inspired by the work of Sol LeWitt, and developed an interest in photography and performance. Susanna's first solo exhibition of sculpture took place at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1985. An interest in the botanical response of plants to their environment led to the publication of her book Shima: Island and Garden in 1992, illustrated with photographs of the garden at her family home, 'Eagles Nest'. In 1999 she was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Commissioned work includes projects for the European Union in Brussels, the British Embassy in Dublin, the Brunswick Centre in Bloomsbury and the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool.
Since 1978 the artist has lived and worked in the East End of London. She moved to her present studio in Shoreditch in 2006.
Shallow stone relief, drawings, wall drawings, photography and large scale site specific commissions.
works and access
Works include: Publication Shima: Island and Garden 1992
Numerous examples of work both in the UK and abroad. A considerable body of work is held in public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum,London; Museum of Arts & Design, New York; Bristol City Art Galleries; The Arts Council of England; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; National Portrait Gallery, London; National Art Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
1989: Solo exhibition of small bronze sculpture and drawings at Camden Arts Centre
1992: Installation of slate engravings from 'Things Unseen' at Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
2003: 'Elements' - a site specific installation of wall drawings for the Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
misc further info
For full details of individual works and access to permanently sited works, please refer to websites listed in 'References' above.
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery