One of the ways Selfmade Music raises money for its projects is by selling works of art by the Artistic Director, Susie Self. She has been painting for many years, often whilst away on tour. Selfmade Music has held many exhibitions, which have helped fund productions, performances, projects, CD production and administrative costs.
To look at work which is still available but not in the current exhibition, please click on "art gallery archive", above.
Please make sure you click on the thumbnail image in order to get the best view of each painting. Alternatively, open the image in a separate tab and enlarge it to see more detail.
Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or ring us on 01328-878-164). We will contact you to make arrangements for payment, and delivery or pickup.
All paintings on canvas or board are sold unframed.
All prices for works on paper are shown as framed. Please contact us before buying (details as above) if you wish to order your painting without a frame. Large acrylics on heavy watercolour paper (76x56cm) are available unframed for £30 less. Smaller acrylics on heavy watercolour paper (56x38cm and 30x30cm) are also available unfframed for £20 less.
North Norfolk Open Studios Spring 2023 Online Exhibition:
North Norfolk Open Studios is held every spring, and is an opportunity for members of the public to visit an artist's studio, view paintings and many other forms of art, and possibly buy them. It was set up by an artists' co-operative as an alternative to the Norfolk Open Studios run by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in the autumn.
Susie's exhibition is at The ARC, 12 The Street, Hindringham NR21 0AA, and is open 10am-5pm on Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May, on Friday 2nd June, and on Sunday 4th June. Please note the exhibition is not open Saturday 3rd June.
To get to the studio, turn right into a small lane directly by the Methodist Chapel (a yellow building with two large yew trees in front) shortly after entering the village of Hindringham. Park in the car park (please do not park in front of the garages) and head towards the grey studio building at the far end, where you can enter by a gate.
Funds raised by this year's Open Studio will go towards Selfmade Music's various activities, including concerts, performances of opera, courses and retreats at The ARC. Selfmade Music is a non-profit, artist-led arts organisation and raises all its funds in this way. It is not in receipt of any state or other funding, so can be said to be truly 'selfmade'.
Although in earlier years she ranged widely in her approach, with many representational works in her portfolio, Susie’s style in recent paintings is now more consistently abstract. An attractive and accessible colour sense informs her explorations of shapes and ideas which seem perpetually on the verge of suggesting something concrete, but which ultimately refer to nothing but themselves and their perpetual mutual dance.
In some recent paintings she has developed a style of "abstract fantasy landscapes", which are either completely imaginary or only very loosely based on an existing scene. Devoid of figures, buildings or natural fauna, the theoretical line of horizon allows her to play with colour, shape and density within a perspective that has no readily available sense of scale. Indeed, perspective itself becomes an object of play, contradictions and confusions within the imaginary scene drawing the viewer into ultimately unresolvable participation.
Having experimented with large canvases she now prefers the practicality and intimacy of small-to-medium sizes and produces many of them during her tours with opera companies in the U.K. and abroad. Again largely for practical reasons, acrylic is her current medium of choice, although she returns regularly to the medium of oil when at home. Recently she has done a number of ‘mandala’ installations and is now undertaking private commissions in outdoor settings such as gardens.