I first met Suzie Pindar back in 2015 when she was exhibiting a few pieces at Bar Titania on Charing Cross Road. I got to interview this timid, honest and raw artist and immediately saw her talent and was delighted to be able to highlight her work.
It was from this first encounter that I went on to also exhibit her work at L Fest - I was keen to get her work out to a wider audience, even if she was not confident enough to put her work out there herself.
It has been some years, I've been in touch with Suzie on and off, and given her wisdom and advice and encouraged her when it was needed, so I was really excited when she mentioned this exhibition - her first solo exhibition. Yes, really! All this time she has been hiding her work away in her room - even her sister hadn't seen her work.
So you see why supporting this independent and emerging artist is so important? This is a huge step outside of her comfort zone, but one I will be ensuring she celebrates and is proud of because for her first solo show it is exceptionally placed.
Suzie chose the venue, she was looking for a particular look and feel. The moment I walked in I totally understood why she had chosen it. 139 Copeland Road, Peckham is as raw and exposed as Suzie's artwork. It is the perfect backdrop to showcase her talent.
I knew Suzie's style, I have a piece of hers in my dining room which I adore, but I have to say her style and talent has matured to a whole new level. I am so proud of her for putting herself out there - because her work is very intimate and personal.
It is also rather fitting that her first solo show comes hot on the heels of World Mental Health Day and National Coming Out Day - because both of these strands feature heavily within Suzie's work. Some of her more recent work is less about the body and the mind, and self-image and critique and more around the beauty of the buildings we walk by every day. Featuring parts of BRIGHTON and Soho in London - these pieces show a new direction that is vivid and beautiful.
By far, my favourite pieces (in no particular order) are:
- Space to Breathe
- Old Window
- Single Girls Life
- Looking In
Artwork is available to purchase, pieces vary between £350 and £500, although I imagine these may increase as Suzie's art gets more exposure.
Do swing by and support this artist, or at the very least share this article and tag any friends that like art, or who live local to Peckham.