"Susan Dorothea White ... explores the most intimate experiences of her life, as well as more topical subjects, in meticulously limned paintings on wood panels. Her ability to examine unflinchingly such personal milestones as her surgery for a benign brain tumour with a dazed self-portrait in a vertiginously askew hospital setting results in some of the most emotionally jarring narrative imagery in recent art."

Gallery & Studio, New York (1998)

The artist has developed a technique using multiple washes of acrylic paint on plywood panels, often accentuating the wood grain to create texture through translucent glazes. Major paintings are developed through preliminary watercolour compositions and from numerous drawings and pen sketches. The artist favours watercolour for spontaneous work, flower and nature studies.

PAINTINGS

Theme: Scenes
Scenes
50 Works to view
50 Works to view

Scenes: Atmospheric landscapes composed in the studio: trees, rivers, rocks, cliffs. Plein air (early works) include bush, desert, sunsets and coastal scenes. City scenes include: streets, buildings, backyards, factories, and construction sites.
  • Harpsichord: paintings and carved rose, 1984-88
    Flemish single-manual harpsichord built by Stephen Freeman - paintings and carved rose by Susan Dorothea White
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Silver-eye feeding on flowering gum, 1984-88
    acrylic on harpsichord keywell (3 sides)
    17 x 13 cm, 13 x 80 cm, 17 x 13 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Stephen climbing blue-gum, Coal and Candle Creek, Ku-ring-gai Chase, 1984-88
    acrylic on harpsichord lid (diptych)
    78 x 40 cm and 78 x 152 cm (var.)
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Turning and turning, 1977
    acrylic on panel
    124 x 122 cm
  • Abercrombie River, upper reaches, 1975
    acrylic on panel
    81 x 121 cm
  • Native Pines, Warrumba Range, central NSW, 1974
    acrylic on composition board
    58 x 214 cm
    Private collection, Australia
  • Drought: Oxford Falls, Middle Creek, 1972-73
    acrylic on composition board
    122 x 178 cm
  • Mount Banks, Blue Mountains, 1972-73
    acrylic on composition board
    81 x 81 cm
    Private collection
  • Nootambulla Gorge, Mutawintji (Mootwingee), 1972-73
    acrylic on composition board
    76 x 122 cm
  • Ravine at Marramarra, NSW, 1972
    acrylic on composition board
    85 x 122 cm
  • Shadow, 1972
    acrylic on composition board
    84 x 122 cm
  • Summer grass, 1971
    acrylic on composition board
    60 x 91 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Moving trees, 1971
    oil on composition board
    86 x 183 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Boulders, 1971
    oil on composition board
    61 x 91 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Silent river, Lane Cove, 1971
    acrylic on composition board
    67 x 120 cm
  • Running in sand, 1971
    acrylic on composition board
    ca. 78 x 120 cm
    Private collection, Australia
  • Estuary in ochre, 1970
    oil on composition board
    90 x 121 cm
    Private collection, UK
  • Escarp, 1969
    acrylic on composition board
    91 x 122 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Sunlit trees, Lane Cove, 1968
    oil on composition board
    90 x 76 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Lane Cove River, winter light, 1968
    oil on composition board
    92 x 61 cm
  • East coast landscape: after bushfire, 1967 (circa)
    oil on composition board
    90 x 121 cm
    Private collection, UK
  • Collecting river stones, 1966
    acrylic on composition board
    66 x 98 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Bush flagstones, 1965
    oil on composition board
    109 x 91 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Outcrop, 1965
    oil on composition board
    122 x 183 cm
  • City skyline, 1963
    oil on composition board
    22 x 61 cm
  • Paddington Street by night, 1963
    oil on composition board
    122 x 183 cm
  • Sleaford Mere, Port Lincoln , 1962
    oil on composition board
    40 x 61 cm
  • Inland wilderness, 1962
    oil on composition board
    59 x 129 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Desert sunset, line of lode, Broken Hill, 1962
    oil on composition board
    42 x 62 cm
  • Sunset: Salt Creek, Tumby Bay, South Australia, 1961
    oil on composition board
    41 x 58 cm
  • Wide waterway, outback creek, 1961
    oil on composition board
    55 x 90 cm
  • Beach scrub, Port Lincoln, 1961
    oil on composition board
    45.5 x 61 cm
  • Hot day, ocean pool, Fishery Bay, Port Lincoln, 1961
    oil on composition board
    48 x 61 cm
  • Dry creek bed, Broken Hill, 1961
    oil on composition board
    43 x 53 cm
  • Stirling Vale Creek, drought, 1960
    oil on composition board
    58 x 90 cm
  • Stirling Vale Creek, 1960
    oil on composition board
    58 x 90 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Still Life, at Julian Ashton Art School, 1960
    oil on canvas board
    56.5 x 43 cm
    Private collection, UK
  • The Pinnacles, Broken Hill, 1960
    oil on composition board
    ca. 90 x 120 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • Market gardeners, approaching storm, Adelaide plains, 1960
    oil on composition board
    42 x 50.5 cm
  • Rocky ridge, scrub and dry grass, overcast afternoon, 1959
    oil on composition board
    45.5 x 61 cm
  • Tree by dry creek bed, 1959
    oil on canvas board
    37.7 x 45.3 cm
  • Sunlight on quartz rocks, approaching storm, 1959
    oil on composition board
    56 x 115 cm
    Private Collection, Australia (exhibited: ‘Painters and Sculptors of Promise’ The Royal South Australian Society of Arts Gallery, Adelaide, 1959)
  • Summit rock, hazy light, 1959
    oil on canvas-board
    50 x 60.5 cm
  • Brown creek gum and saltbush, 1958
    oil on canvas board
    60.5 x 50 cm
  • The creek gum, Umberumberka Creek, 1958
    oil on canvas board
    51 x 38 cm
    Private collection, Australia
  • Mine shaft, northern outskirts, Broken Hill, 1958
    oil on canvas board
    38 x 50.5 cm
  • The creek bed - Outback erosion, Broken Hill, 1958
    oil on canvas board
    35 x 30 cm
  • Saltbush and creekbed, Broken Hill, 1958
    oil on composition board
    ca. 90 x 120 cm
    Private Collection, Australia
  • View of the Simpson's from Ivymeade: gum and horse, 1957
    oil on canvas paper
    22.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Nine Mile Creek, tributary of Stephens Creek, Broken Hill, 1957
    oil on canvas board
    35 x 30 cm

PAINTINGS : Scenes 50 Works
PAINTINGS : Scenes 50 Works


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