BBC Big Painting Challenge

We are delighted to currently be displaying a new contemporary artist who is currently taking the world by storm! Leeds based painter Suman Kaur is the winner of this years BBC’s ‘The Big Painting Challenge’.

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Suman says of her work “The themes in my work tend to vary but for the most part I love to experiment with layers of human psyche and expression as well as contrasts of texture to create form.”  Her stunning works utilise a multitude of unorthodox mediums such as shoe polish and coffee and she works on different substrates such as old wood or newspaper!

Portraits on newspaper by Suman Kaur

Portraits on newspaper by Suman Kaur

Close-up of The Ballet Dancer by Suman Kaur

Close-up of The Ballet Dancer by Suman Kaur

As well as experimental mediums, Suman’s forte lies with figurative or portraiture work. The portrait of her father she made as part of the show’s challenge was a beautiful rendition in ochres and soft browns, and the Degas style painting of ballerinas showed confident movement of the dancers.  For Gallery & Barrow, she has sent us another ballet dancer, this time painting on wood with a street-art vibe. 

Suman’s image of the ballet dancers was part of the Big Painting Challenge

Suman’s image of the ballet dancers was part of the Big Painting Challenge

Suman’s arresting portraits and observations of daily life

Suman’s arresting portraits and observations of daily life

Suman Kaur’s work is shortlisted for The Sunday Times Watercolour competition

Suman Kaur’s work is shortlisted for The Sunday Times Watercolour competition