I first experienced Suus’ art at the First Art Fair in Amsterdam. The artwork that was at stand of Galerie Sille reminded me Monet’s water lilies, but with the twist of Suus’ amazing take on nature, and her use of natural materials like beeswax, natural pigments, and cotton paper.

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With Suus Suiker

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"At school I was often in 
my own world, daydreaming 
while making drawings."

The beginning

I have been drawing since my early childhood, I drew before I could talk and made my first painting in oil when I was just 8-years old. At school I was often in my own world, daydreaming while making drawings. I liked subjects such as drawing, music and theater, rather than maths and history.  

As a child I always wanted to visit museums and I was a big fan of painters like Waterhouse, Klimt and Dali. Later I became more familiar with the works of artists like Monet, Richter, Pollock, and Van Gogh

I studied Art at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. At first I worked for a design agency as an illustrator. But soon after, I started to work as an independent artist.

Now my work is represented by a few high-end galleries, and shown at exhibitions and art fairs.

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"Everyday I walk
through our nature reserve and
get inspired by the changing
of the seasons. "

However, it’s important to follow my own path and tell my own story.

I admire artists like Monet, Richter and Kiefer. I love their work and admire their passion.

I regularly visit museums, but try not to be overly influenced by it. It’s inevitable that the work of some artists touched and inspired me.

Everyday I walk through our nature reserve and get inspired by the changing of the seasons. During my holidays I like to walk through nature and find inspiration in the foreign landscape. 

I visited the gardens of Monet in Giverny, which were fabulous! Music is also an important source of inspiration. I always listen to music while I paint.

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Beautiful shine

During my walks I take lots of photos for inspiration. In my studio I sketch and paint parts of the landscapes or nature which I had photographed, in ink, watercolor on paper, or I make digital underpaintings and sketches (sometimes combined
with photographic elements) on my tablet, built up in many digital layers.

The processed paper is stuck on an aluminum plate. Then I process the paper with several layers of transparent beeswax (mixed with damar) and layers of pigmented and oil-colored beeswax. In between, each layer is fused with a blowtorch.

When all layers have been satisfactorily applied and fused, the artwork is polished with a cotton cloth to create a beautiful shine.

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WITH SUUS SUIKER

mind your
own beeswax

I first experienced Suus’ art at the First Art Fair in Amsterdam. The artwork that was at stand of Galerie Sille reminded me Monet’s water lilies, but with the twist of Suus’ amazing take on nature, and her use of natural materials like beeswax, natural pigments, and cotton paper.

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