Susan Wood

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Susan Wood was born in Saint John, N.B. and grew up in Amherst, N.S.  She attended Mount Allison University (BFA 1976), participated in the Banff Winter Studio Program (1976-1977) and received an MFA from The University of Calgary in 1981.  Susan lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1983-1989) where she was a founding member of the Eastern Edge Gallery, taught at Memorial University Extension Arts and continued her studio practice.

Susan moved to Halifax in 1989 and began teaching at NSCAD University in 1990.  She participated in numerous group exhibitions across Canada and in Finland, Germany, Scotland and Iceland, and also had a number of solo exhibitions including her nationally touring Devil’s Purse, Dress Drawings and Taxonomies.  A major exhibition titled “Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawings by Susan Wood” was curated in 2010 by Susan Gibson Garvey, with the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, and Owens Art Gallery.

Susan Wood was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and was a recipient of grant awards from the Canada Council, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the Nova Scotia Arts Council.  Her work is represented in private, corporate and public collections across Canada, UK and in the USA.  

“My primary studio practice is drawing. I have always been intrigued by its immediacy, the often very direct process of a mind and hand giving form to a perceived object/figure, an idea, a passing thought or emotion. I work with watercolour, pen and ink on mixed media collages that often include Japanese papers (washi), hand made paper as well as found bits of text and older drawings torn and recycled. I’m interested in the ephemeral, decay; change through time and the imagery I use can often be read as metaphorical.”

Susan Wood Catalogue


Sep 13 2019 - Oct 16 2019


Apr 19 2018 - Apr 22 2018

Pre-Used Paper

Mar 9 2018 - Apr 4 2018

Papier 2017

Apr 21 2017 - Apr 23 2017
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A defence for the traditional gallery model?

Published May 9 2018 by Deborah Carver, Director

For reasons not to do with art, I recently visited Vancouver and had a little time to go into several commercial galleries to browse. They range from huge and impressive manufacturing spaces outside the center of the city, to intimate downtown premises. It may have been because the weather was gorgeous; but they were very…

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In Memory of Susan Wood

Published Mar 6 2018 by

1953 (Saint John N.B.) – 2018 (Halifax N.S.)   With great sadness, we acknowledge the death, far too early, of a remarkable Canadian artist, educator and friend, Susan Wood. Already many have spoken about Susan – that she was positive, patient, wise, professional, beautiful. We will miss her frequent visits to Studio 21, always turned…

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Art inspired by the home, natural life

Published Sep 26 2014 by Elissa Barnard, Chronicle Herald

Home is where the art is for Joan Backes. Her sculptures at Studio 21 Fine Art are small iconic house shapes made out of wood, twigs cast in bronze or resin in primary colours, chewy like jelly candy. The house shape, like a child’s drawing, is a symbol that pulls at the heart strings. However,…

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