Born in New Zealand where she trained as a nurse and worked with the neurosurgical team at Auckland Public Hospital. She came to London via Latin America in 1976, where she worked in intensive care at St Thomas' Hospital. Susan then studied painting at Camberwell and the Royal Academy. Awards include British School at Rome, 1993, Richard Ford award to Madrid, 1986 and Italian Government bursary to Venice, 1984. Susan Wilson is visiting lecturer at The Royal Drawing School and The National Portrait Gallery London. She curated Reclaiming the Madonna and In the Looking Glass with the Usher Gallery, Lincoln. 


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Browse & Darby, London, UK 
Pah Homestead, Auckland, NZ
Jane RobertsParis , France 

Fauna & Flores Pinacoteca Palazzo Ricci Monte San Martino, Ragione Marche Italy, July to December

Fauna & Flores Browse & Darby, UK

Like a Wall of Roman Goddesses, Coll & Cortes, UK 

Portraits, MacAtamney Gallery, South Canterbury NZ

Jonathon Grant Gallery Auckland NZ
Pataka Porirua Museum of Arts & Cultures, A Still life is a Theatre

Solo show, Tauranga Art Gallery (Toi Tauranga), Bay of Plenty, NZ
A Still Life is a Theatre , Browse and Darby 

Amidst the Angel Band, Browse and Darby

Katherine Mansfield Paintings, Jonathon Grant Galleries, New Zealand (touring to The Aigantighe, 
Timaru; Millennium Gallery, Blenheim; Pataka Porirua; Gardiner Gallery, University of Waikato) 

Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 

Katherine Mansfield Paintings, Browse and Darby

Paintings and Drawings, Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan and Touring 

The Self-Portraits
, Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand 
Susan Wilson, Leicester City Art Gallery
Italian Requiem, The Prince of Wales' Institute of Architecture

Cassino Revisited
, Ferner Gallery, Auckland and touring NZ
Disegni, Castel San Vincenzo, Italy (British School at Rome) 
Paintings, Artspace, London, Welsh Arts Council Tour 

Susan Wilson, Jane Roberts and Max Rutherston Gallery, in conjunction with Thomas Agnew & Sons

Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch NZ

Going to Salamanca, Watermans Arts Centre, London

Selected reviews and interviews

“Latitude” issue 17 June/July “Careful Compositions “ Annie Studholme

NZ Herald “Traditional Trio let Emotions Fly” TJ MacNamara reviews Wilson’s solo exhibition at  
Jonathon Grant Galleries Auckland

“Susan Wilson “ Galleries Magazine Review of Browse & Darby solo show by Nicholas Usherwood

New Zealand Portraits/ Richard Wolfe pub Penguin /Viking Susan Wilson portrait of Rahera Windsor QSM
The Painted Garden in New Zealand Art /Christopher Johnstone pub Godwit, “Lewis ‘ Garden at
Interview with Michael Peppiatt for "A Still Life is a Theatre" catalogue 
Resonance FM William Feaver and Susan Wilson talk about drawing

The Culture Show BBC2 on Frida Kahlo exhibition at Tate: Wilson discusses the making of her own self portraits in the context of Kahlo.
The Artist :Review of the Lynn Painter Stainers and Wilsons prize winning painting “The Young Oxford Undergraduate”

The Spectator Laura Gascoigne highlights Wilson Browse & Darby exhibition
RA Magazine Jill Lloyd writes on Wilson’s practise

The New Zealand News UK features Susan Wilsons prize winning painting “Worlds End” at The Hunting Group/ Royal College of Art 

North & South Ann Packer: Feature on Katherine Mansfield Paintings
Waikato University Occaisonal Paper 2 “Stories and Pictures: Susan Wilson and The Art of Illustration” essay by Conal Mc Carthy
New Zealand House & Garden “The Illustrated Katherine Mansfield” Victoria Hinton feature
Dominion Post / Visual Arts & heritage feature by David Famularo “Colouring Memories”

ART NEW ZEALAND “Worlds Apart” Recent painting by Susan Wilson:Richard Wolfe
NZ Herald TJ MacNamara reviews Wilsons solo show at Judith Anderson Gallery
Financial Times Weekend “Variety ‘s Rewards for the Curious” William Packer reviews Wilson’s still life  
at Browse & Darby

"Kim Hill talks about Susan Wilson's solo show with APAG curator Mary Kisler" National Radio NZ 
ES Magazine "You've been framed". 
Katie Campbell; Auckland NZ Herald T J MacNamara, Review of “Self Portraits “ at Judith Anderson Gallery 
Modern Painters :Blake Morrison review of “In the looking glass". 
Leicester City Art Gallery “The Voice” review Wilson’s solo exhibiton

“Folio” The Folio Society “Katherine Mansfield” by Jeffrey Meyers Wilsons illustrations are exhibited at Browse & Darby. The book is the winner that year in the Short Stories category.

NZ Herald /TJ Macnamara “Linked Realms and Generations” review of Self Portraits at Judith Anderson Gallery
NZ Herald “Portrait Painters reveal Different Faces” Keith Stewart reviews Self Portait Exhibition at Judith Anderson Gallery

First Sex, ITV, on 'Reclaiming the Madonna' 
NZ House & Garden feature by Louise Chunn: "Susan Wilson" 
The Hindu, Madras; Anjali Sircar "Cassino revisited' 
Contemporary Art Libby Anson 'Reclaiming the Madonna' 

Nightwaves BBC Radio 3, interview with Wilson on the making of her paintings of her son asleep as a baby, “January Two Months”
The Listener NZ Merilyn Chambers 'Fountains of memory' review of “Cassino Revisited”
Radio New Zealand Alison Parr, interview 'Cassino revisited' 
Artists ' Newsletter Rosie Millard: 'Women in Focus' 

Primetime HTV 
Harpers & Queen Profile. “The Art of the Mater”
Catholic Herald Carmel Fitzsimons 'Motherhood as divine inspiration' 

Artspace / Clwyd. Catalogue Essay: Robert McDonald 
National Portrait Gallery Publication: William Packer. "Ten years of the John Player Portrait Award' 

Women's Hour BBC Radio 4, interviews with Susan Wilson

The Spectator: Giles Auty 'Natural interests' and 'Feel good factor' 

North and South Brian Cowley 'Mountain moments' 
Dominion Denis Edwards. "Potent mix of painting politics and adventure' 

The Guardian Carmel Fitzsimons 

New Zealand Herald Bernadette Rae: 'Back to southern skies', 

Arts Review Edward Phelps  
Medina Hammad reviews 'The Artist abroad' at The Usher Gallery, Lincoln

The Independent Andrew Graham-Dixon 'Sanity in an insane situation" Review of Wilson’s painting  
“Return to La Mancha” (John Player Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery)
Daily Telegraph Richard Dorment.'Winning expressions' NPG John Player Award

Studio International: Cheltenham Fellows Final Exhibition Review 

Artscribe James Faure Walker:"Northern Young Contemporaries' Whitworth Gallery, Manchester 

Selected Group Exhibitions

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 

Browse & Darby Christmas Exhibition and Group Artists Show
Small is Beautiful Flowers Gallery 

Ruth Borchard
Browse & Darby Christmas Exhibition and Group Artists Show
Lynn Painter Stainers

Browse & Darby Christmas Exhibition and Group Artists Show
The Royal Academy Summer Show, London
The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Exhibition Kings Place, London
"Bridge" London Group members at the Cello Factory, London

Browse & Darby Christmas Exhibition and Group Artists Show

Threedneedle Art Prize Finalist
The Rabley Drawing Centre Sketchbook Exhibition, UK tour
Lynn Painter Stainers Finalist

Browse and Darby Christmas Exhibition and Artists Group show
Lynn Painter Stainers Finalist

400 Women Canongate Venture as part of Edinburgh Festival & at Shoreditch Town Hall Hoxton London 

Focus-Abengoa "Premio de Pintura" Hospital de Los Venerables Seville Spain 

Grove Women, Four Women Artists, Beverley Knowles 
London Art Fair, Business Design Centre 

Finalist, Threadneedle Art Prize
Small is Beautiful, Flowers East
Browse and Darby Group Show (and 2007,06) 

Prizewinner, Lynn Painter Stainers Exhibition
The Duneen Collection, Angela Flowers, Ireland
Royal Academy Summer Show (and 2006,1999, 97, 96, 93, 92, 91, 90, 89, 97, 86, 84, 81) 
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Central 

Shortlisted for the John Moores, Liverpool 
Selected For Angela Flowers Artist Of The Day 
The Discerning Eye, selected by Helena Kennedy and Laura Gascoigne, also Sir Brinsley Ford 1991

London Regional Prizewinner, Hunting Prize, Royal College of Art

Image and Object: Still Life in New Zealand, Pataka Porirua 

Gallery Artists, Browse & Darby 

Head and Tales, Drumcroon Gallery and touring 

In the Looking Glass: Contemporary Self Portraits by Women Artists, Usher Gallery, Lincoln and touring
Thirty years of Cheltenham Fine Art Fellows, University of Gloucestershire
Cheltenham Open Drawing (and 1996)

Harlech Art Biennale, Wales
The Last Dance, Theatre Clywd, Wales

Reclaiming the Madonna, Usher Gallery Lincoln and Touring
Artists talk, Juan Gris at Whitechapel

Piccadilly Gallery (also 1989, 87)

Peterborough Pacesetters, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
The Artist Abroad, Usher Gallery, Lincoln and touring 
Prizewinner, South Bank Picture Show

Invited artist, London Group, The Royal College of Art
A Personal Choice, Sir Brinsley Ford, Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn 

Commendation, John Player Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery (also exhibited 1986, 84)
The Long Perspective, National Trust and Agnews

Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London

British Drawing, Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London 
Pick of the New Graduates, Christie's

Northern Young Contemporaries

Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Published Works 

  • Folio Society 11 paintings for new edition of Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories 

  • Women's Press "The Fruits of Labour" Creativity, Self Expression & Motherhood essay on Susan Wilson, by Penny Sumner

  • OUP Book cover "The Mind & its Discontents" by Professor Grant Gillett

  • Virago Book cover: "Balancing Acts" 

  • Reclaiming the Madonna, Catalogue essay 

  • Cassino Revisited, Catalogue essay 

  • In the Looking Glass, Catalogue essay 

  • Artists' Newsletter "Eye to Eye, Susan Wilson in conversation with Tom Phillips" 12/97 and "In my Father's Footsteps" 12/96

  • Artist & Illustrator "Portraying the Self" 2/97

  • "So Goes the Dance" poems by Stu Bagby, pub Steele Roberts (cover "Her First Ball" Katherine Mansfield  

  • Illustrations for Folio Society 2000) "Katherine Mansfield “El Posmodernismo incipiente de una modernista renegada" by Gerardo Rodriguez Salas, pub 

  • Editorial Verbum (cover "prelude" Katherine Mansfield Illustration for Folio Society 2000)

Works in European Collections 

  • Sir Michael Moritz, Pignano, Tuscany

  • Angela Flowers 

  • Commune, Castel San Vincenzo (Italy) 

  • Contemporary Arts Society 

  • HRH The Prince of Wales 

  • National Trust, Fenton House, London 

  • New Hall, Cambridge 

  • Oriel College Oxford, Portrait Sir John Elliott

  • Oxford Brookes University, Portrait Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 

  • Paintings in Hospitals Collection 

  • Rochdale Museum and Art Gallery 

  • Royal Academy of Arts Archives: sketchbook 'From Ford Award to Madrid' 

  • St Paul's Girls School: Portrait Rev Adam Ford 

  • Sir Brinsley Ford Collection 

  • Usher Gallery, Lincoln 

  • Winterthur Insurance Plc

  • Focus-Abengoa Hospital de Los Venerables Seville, Spain

  • British Museum Dept Prints & Drawings (Witi Ihimaera)

  • Sir Michael Moritz Pignano

Works in Collections New Zealand 

  • The New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pukenga Whakaata Dr Lawrence Hogben DSO

  • Aigantighe Public Art Gallery, Timaru 

  • Air New Zealand 

  • American Express, NZ 

  • Auckland Art Gallery

  • Auckland Museum 

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira

  • Epsom Girls Grammar School

  • McCann Erickson Brown 

  • National Bank

  • Royal Insurance 

  • Tauranga Art Gallery, Toi Tauranga

  • Todd Foundation

  • Whangarei Art Gallery