Internationally acclaimed artist Susan Gunn has been chosen to create her signature art for the £11.6m ambitious and ground-breaking low carbon building project that is The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. The painting will span the length of the lecture theatre entrance wall creating a dramatic and evocative centrepiece.
An Alumni of Norwich University of the Arts, Susan received international recognition when she was awarded the Sovereign European Art Prize in 2006. Her work has been exhibited widely and can be found in public and private collections around the world. Gunn uses natural earth pigments, a traditional binder and natural beeswax together with regionally sourced linseed oil to provoke fractured surfaces that develop during the drying process.
Gunn’s works of art are stunning options for designers working on hotels, homes, offices and all other manner of developments to consider. Her painting for The Enterprise Centre will be made in panels that hang together as a frieze, approximately 20m long. Over the eleven panels there will be sequences of 11 pigments that form the layout, incorporating a colour scheme to echo the natural surroundings.
Gunn comments: “This is a fantastic project on which to collaborate with the developers of The Enterprise Centre, the Adapt Low Carbon Group and architectural firm, Architype. The innovative concept and sustainable materials used in the building dovetail perfectly with my approach to painting… I was particularly inspired by the offset vertical lines of the trees visible in the atrium from the Memorial Gardens and conservation site in the grounds of the building; the vertical divisions in the painting aim to accentuate these and bring an order to the organic fractures evident in the surface.”
The Enterprise Centre, which is the UK’s greenest commercial building, will open in spring 2015. Gunn’s commission is sponsored by Turquoise International Ltd.