Early 1980s – Susie Ray obtained a first class honours degree in scientific illustration after training at Chelsea College of Art and Middlesex Polytechnic. She went on to work as a botanical illustrator for Kew Gardens and her work was published in two fully illustrated seashore guide books.
Mid 1980s – Susie created large scale trompe l’oeil decorative murals for clients in Britain, Australia and America; including commissions by leading interior designers such as Nicholas Haslam and Colefax & Fowler and an installation at the Connaught Hotel, London.
Late 1980s – Specialising in one-off copies of Old Master and Impressionist oil paintings, Susie launched ‘Susie Ray Originals’ and went on to hold highly acclaimed exhibitions on the works of assorted artists including Renoir, Monet, Caravaggio, Stubbs, Gauguin and Modigliani in her Covent Garden studio. She was also appointed artist in residence at the British Museum for an exhibition ‘Fake – the art of deception’ which explored copyist versus original paintings.
Early 1990s – Copyist paintings by Susie Ray became the focus of international press attention and included dedicated features in The Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Times, The Evening Standard, The New York Times and even a season premiere of the CBS ‘60 Minutes’ documentary programme in America.
Mid 1990s – Susie Ray became a sought after copyist receiving commissions from celebrities, private collectors, corporations and museums.
Late 1990s – Susie moved away from the London and New York art scene in the late nineties and relocated with her young family to Padstow in Cornwall where she continued to work as an artist, producing occasional copies and designing a range of linens and prints for her company ‘The Padstow Mussel’ which are now available online.
The present day – Lured back into the copyist art world due to popular demand for her works and to reintroduce quality to an art market that has been weakened by poor quality reproductions, Susie launched the UK’s first ever copyist gallery in Padstow, Cornwall. Discerning art lovers can come and see ‘Susie Ray Originals’ first-hand and fully appreciate the differences in texture and finish compared to mass produced copies. Susie is now taking on new commissions by appointment, and an exhibition of her work is currently on display at the gallery – see www.susierayoriginals.co.uk for details of opening times or call 07974 016926