“thirty years on a tricycle”
“The Tricycle has its three wheels - theatre, cinema and visual art, an idea that inspired the title of this
exhibition. My life seems to have three wheels, though in my case they’re art, poetry and family and friends.
This show coincidentally focuses on three areas of work: landscape, figure painting and portraiture. Without
all these various triangulations I’d probably be lost.
“Thirty years ago I came to the Tricycle to see the Liverpool Poets. Within a month my first exhibition “Flat
Earth” was showing in the Gallery, which has played a significant part in my life ever since. Ten years later
‘Sue, Realist’, my first collection of poems and drawings was launched in the Baldwin Room. More recently,
the Tricycle has hosted events for The Brondesbury Group, the NW London poetry group I convene and will
be hosting our 10th Anniversary reading on Friday 22nd June.
“In fact I’ve always had at least nine lives - though unlike a cat’s they’ve tended to run concurrently:
painter, printmaker, poet, sculptor, theatre designer, teacher, parent and arts administrator. Of ‘Flat Earth’
Richard Cork wrote, "Like many other women, Susan Whitmore is no stranger to the conflicting demands of
art and motherhood. Her exhibition at the Tricycle Gallery is dominated by figures undergoing sudden,
perplexing shifts of identity”. So in thirty years, apart from adding even more identities, nothing has really
“Recent exhibitions have centred on the Marina Baja mountains of Spain where I mentor a landscape
painting course every summer. I’ve recently joined Greenwich Printmakers and the show reflects a move
back into printmaking. The human body, trees, words and imagination are central to my work, and the figure
paintings in this exhibition are products of the Tricycle’s Thursday Life Class - which I mentor - and which
plays a central role in the lives of many local artists and students”.
Sue Whitmore: ‘Thirty Years on a Tricycle’
21st May - 23rd June 2012
269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR
020 7328 1000 www.tricycle.co.uk
020 8459 6406 www.suewhitmore.co.uk
Studies: Fine Art at the Central and Wimbledon Schools of Art
Philosophy and History of Art at University College London.
Tutors : Tricycle's Thursday Life Classes.
Landscape weeks in the Marina Baja nr Alicante since 2002 (www.oldolivepress.com).
She has combined writing and the visual arts all her professional life. Landscape painting takes her all over the
world and her work is in public and private collections in the UK and abroad
Recent Solo Exhibitions:
‘Una Pintura Inglesa en la Marina Baja’
2009 Alicante University
‘Dark and Light’
2006 Pall Mall Deposit
2005 The Dissenter’s Gallery, Kensal Green
2005 Tricycle Gallery
2001 Tricycle Gallery
Member of the Greenwich Printmakers since
She has exhibited with The Pastel Society and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Theatre design: She has completed many mural and theatre designs which have included five years with
W11 Children's Opera, two with AAC Opera for All, "Brilliant the Dinosaur" for Richard Stilgoe and many pieces
for director Chrys Salt including "The Last Obit" by Peter Tinniswood, (Edinburgh Fringe).
The Poet: A published poet, she convenes ‘The Brondesbury Group’, a NW London Stanza of The Poetry
Society and her last book of poems and drawings, "Sue, Realist" received critical acclaim for its interplay of
poems and drawings from the imagination. She has had work 'On the Buses' and Radio 4, winning their
'Alternative Christmas Poem' on ‘The Afternoon Shift’.
Art admin.: A founder member, then fifteen years Chairing Brent Artists' Register (now ‘Resource’) running
studios and exhibitions, liaising with the local authority and business.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS before 2000
‘Living with Trees’
1999 Tricycle Gallery
‘Artist in Jamaica’
1994 Harlesden Centre Group
’Recent Work’ – Cumbria
1993 Stables Gallery, Dollis Hill House
1992 Baldwin Room Tricycle Theatre
‘Images of Ireland’
1991 Tricycle Gallery
Selected Irish Landscapes
1991 Patrick Clemens Clinic, Central Middlesex
‘August in the Auvergne’
1988 Tricycle Gallery
‘Scapes and Spaces’
1985 Tricycle Gallery
1982 Tricycle Gallery ‘Personal Geology’
RECENT GROUP SHOWS
‘Experiencing Landscape II’
2011 Lauderdale House, Highgate
Affordable Art Fair
2011 GPA Battersea
2011 GPA National Theatre
“Greenwich Printmakers@Morley Gallery’ 2010
2010 Lauderdale House, Highgate
Lonely Arts Club
2009 Norwich Millennium Forum