Susan Mumford, art world entrepreneur, speaker, author and mentor, highlights three prints and two paintings from Buy Art | Buy Now
A game-changer in the 21st Century art world, Susan’s an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker, moderator and author. Her first foray into supporting industry professionals was in the form of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), which she established while running a gallery in Soho, London. This was followed by the launch of Be Smart About Art, an online-accessible professional development platform that helps creative professionals thrive in a changing world. In late 2015, her first book was published in the name of BSAA’s motto: Art is your life. Make it your living. While based in London, Susan spends notable periods around the UK, USA and Continental Europe, delivering workshops and keynotes, mentoring creative professionals, facilitating panel discussions, judging art prizes and more.
One’s eyes are quickly drawn towards the centre of the composition and move around time and time again, following the curved outlines of the boats. Intrigue develops upon discovery of the title, for it provokes curiosity as to what is meant, and what might result in, the sound of rust. This print is set to continually fascinate.
The Crackle of Dawn, £2,400
What at first appears to be an imagined abstraction turns out to be a changing landscape as the waking day begins in ‘The Crackle of Dawn.’ This understanding brings meaning to the movement, colour and intensity on display. Such lively representation of a scene that is well-known to all presents endless opportunities for interpretation, with individual meaning for each observer.
Struck by the combination of a bold composition and subtle tones, ‘Bloom’ is simple in form yet complex in potential reading. After a moment’s observation, conclusions are drawn as to the differing meanings of the filled and unfilled ovals. The work is beautiful and meaningful alike.
Above the Trees, £315
The line of pine trees is almost immediately apparent, yet the title suggests the artist is drawing attention to the other half of the composition. Comprised of maker’s marks of gestural white strokes that imitate the abstracted tree forms, the colour implies a cold winter’s day and the three directions of marks around the composition keep the eye circling around the collagraph.
A Little Light Reading, £4,680
With the title ‘A Little Light Reading,’ this image at first appears to be whimsical, presenting a floating form. A secondary understanding reveals commentary on the state of women in modern society, impossibly balancing multiple responsibilities with the risk of toppling over everything. Such effective presentation of primary and secondary meanings that suit the interests of differing viewers and settings recalls the philosophy of Pierre Bourdieu, who wrote extensively on works of art in which the creator knowingly presents multiple layers for interpretation.