Sue Beyer’s work primarily focuses on place and space. At the present time she is investigating the idea of fantasy lands, imagined landscapes and portals to other worlds. In contrast to these abstracted landscapes she uses layers of town planning maps to represent order, restrictions and the boundaries that are imposed on the natural topography.
Like many landscape painters who attempt to capture, interpret and communicate the Genius Loci of place, Beyer has always been fascinated by elements in the landscape that we detect subconsciously or sense intuitively and that we might ignore as irrational.
In 2010 Sue Beyer completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with first class honours at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and was the recipient of a Griffith Award for academic excellence.
Since graduating she has held six solo exhibitions as well as taking part in Test Pattern, an annual show of graduating artists in 2010 at Ryan Renshaw Gallery and in 2011 was part of Check in an exhibition curated by Courtney Coombs for the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival.
In 2008 Beyer won the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Art Award. In 2009 She was commissioned by the Queensland State Government for a public art project and in 2010 received an Australia Council ArtStart grant. In 2013 Beyer won the Milburn Art Prize, judged by Jan Manton and was a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. Also in 2013, she successfully completed a public art commission for the Ipswich Hospital Expansion Project, was an artist in residence at Bundanon Trust and Point B Worklodge in Brooklyn, New York and set up an artist run space in regional Qld – Other Space. In 2014 Beyer was the winner of the Anne Lindsay Emerging Artist Award in the Stanthorpe Art Prize, judged by QAG/GOMA curator Angela Goddard and presented a talk at TEDx Brisbane held the Powerhouse in October 2014. In 2015 Beyer relocated to Melbourne and in 2016 was a finalist in the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery National Works on Paper exhibition.