Sue Ninham paints intuitively, finding the process of non-representation emotionally challenging, and intellectually stimulating. Abandonment and experimentation underpin her creative process. Working in this way she has developed a visual language consisting of form, space and colour that is perhaps reminiscent, but generally ambiguous. Pictorial planes are flattened and distorted, sometimes tipping perspective. Foreground and background are sometimes interchangeable and what is above and below confused.
Ninham is reluctant to quantify the meaning of the resulting works, preferring the viewer to find their own.
Sue Ninham - Curriculum Vitae
Bachelor of Design, Illustration, South Australian College of Advanced Education, 1983.
Masters of Teaching, Secondary, Visual Art. University of South Australia, 2017.
1983 - 2001 Illustrator.
2001 - Visual artist.
2003 - 2015 Educator, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.
2015 - Workshops Art Gallery SA.
2018 - Educator, School of Education, University of South Australia.
2017 - Secondary School Visual Art Teacher.
2019 “Monster Mash”, Women’s and Children’s Hospital. SALA, Adelaide. Solo.
2018 ‘Separation Frocks’, Curious Orange Haircutters. SALA, Adelaide. Solo.
2016 BMGART Adelaide. Solo.
2014 ‘Wish You Were Here’, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery. Group fundraiser.
2014 Loreto Spring Art. Feature Artist.
2014 BMGART, Adelaide. Solo
2013 ‘Wish You Were Here’, Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery. Group fundraiser.
2012 BMGART Adelaide. Solo
2012 ‘Monsters and Other Related Quirkiness’, Paper String Plastic Gallery. Adelaide Fringe.
2011 ‘Legend in a Lunchbox’, Gallery on Waymouth. Solo
2011 ‘Cheese and Pickle Sandwiches’, SALA, Adelaide. Solo
2010 ‘Orb’, LOFT Gallery Melbourne. Solo
2010 'Monsters', SALA, Adelaide. Solo
2010 'Nero', SALA, Adelaide. Solo
2009 ‘Travel’, DIA Exhibition, Museum of South Australia. Group
2009 ‘Traces’, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, UNISA. Group
2009 Spring Art, Loreto College, Adelaide. Group
2009 Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne - Aislinn Andrews Fundraiser. Group
2009 ‘Ignite’, St Ignatius Art Fair, Adelaide. Group
2009 Gallery 139, Adelaide - Group
2009 Harrison Galleries, Sydney. Solo
2008 'Surplus', SALA , Adelaide. Group
2008 Harrison Galleries, Sydney. Solo
2007 Letham Gallery, Auckland NZ. Solo
2007 Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide. Group
2007 Beatty Gallery, Sydney. Solo
2006 SALA, Adelaide. Group
2006 Adelaide Central School of Art Gallery. Group
2006 Letham Gallery, Auckland. Group
2006 Pivotal Gallery, Melbourne. Group
2005 Pivotal Gallery, Melbourne. Group
2005 Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong. Group
2005 Melbourne Affordable Art Fair
2005 Brisbane Affordable Art Fair
2005 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide. Group
2005 SOHO Galleries, Sydney. Solo
2004 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide. Solo
2004 Melbourne Affordable Art Fair
2003 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide. Group
2003 Sydney Affordable Art Fair
2003 Letham Gallery, Auckland. Group
2002 Art Images Gallery, Adelaide. Group
Projects and Residencies
2019 Artist in Residence, Wilderness School, Adelaide.
2016 Arts SA Project Grant - Literature
2015 The New Royal Adelaide Hospital - Integrated Art Project. Commissioned Artist.
2015 Artist in Residence, Loreto College Marryatville.
2013 Mechanical Garage, Adelaide.
2013 Australian String Quartet - 2014 Season. Commissioned Visual Identity.
2012 Art Hotel. Hotel Minima, Adelaide.
2013 Lethbridge 10 000 small scale art prize – Finalist.
2013 Sunshine coast art prize 2D – Finalist.
2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival Poster 2012 - Winner.
2011 Prometheus Art Award, Queensland - Finalist.
2010 The Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize - Finalist.
2009 Top Twenty Adelaide Fringe Poster Competition - Finalist.
2008 Winsor and Newton National Watercolour Competition - Winner.
Represented by BMGART. Work held in private and corporate collections, Australia, London, HK & NZ