Suki Nabarro b. 1981
The abstract expressionism artist graduated from Portsmouth University in 2002 and has since practised art full-time, creating and successfully selling her paintings to a wide and varied audience across the globe, from corporate headquarters and international hotels to private clients and commission based work. After recent life changing experiences, Suki is steering her artistic studies into new found territories including, conceptual and abstract expressionism, evolving into a new and exciting period of fresh and powerful works. Like a melody developing before the lyrics in song writing, the artist studies form before subject in her artwork. Form being the use of shapes within the constraints of both positive and negative space or the parts in-between. Suki adores shapes, to the point of obsession; this is fed with the medium of collage.
Suki's resource is mostly found within the beautiful contours and curvature lines of the female form, found in high end fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Vogue. Her artistic process usually begins with the harvesting of pages within these magazines, tearing beautiful beings away from their idyllic lives and worlds of endless means. Like an excitable child playing with their beloved toys, Suki prepares to play, injecting new meaning and a distorted vision of beauty. As the artist says, 'I see organic shapes and figures, not people or places.'
Gathering the piles of torn pages and shredded dreams, the artist begins to dissect precise areas of interest, removing parts and insistently reconnecting lines; a slight move or turn can create a sudden surge of excitement, like finding the last part of a jigsaw puzzle. The standard acceptable forms of beauty and aspiration become distorted, mutated and on occasion grotesque, depending on the artists inner mood or intention.
The artists most recent studies of quick drawn sketches and paintings are an extension of her collage work, with the focus on colour combined with expressive shape. Suki's tonal paint palette is crucial and can take hours to mix and blend. Bright neon's and fluorescents are current obsessions of the artist, perfect for depicting strong mood and inflicting moments of despair. The artist says 'It is a way and means of understanding my thought processes via my undivided devotion to the world of sublime shapes and form.'