Suzo Hickey

Suzo Hickey is a painter and multidisciplinary artist living in Prince Rupert, BC. Born in 1959, she migrated from coast (Prince Rupert) to desert (Kamloops) and back to coast (Vancouver) in 1991, where she attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design.

Since graduating 1994, Suzo has exhibited around BC and the US on themes of queer mothering, urban landscapes, and death in the family. Her work has always been informed by the specifics of her life: the death of her 24 year old son in Mirificus, stereotyping & the reclamation of language in You Fucking Fruit, being a queer mother in Let Me Go Down in the Mud.

Recently, her work has been urban landscape. After constructing many shows around issues, she began examining the formal, non-verbal, enigmatic power of what was around her:  the ordinariness of rainy intersections and leafless trees in her East Vancouver neighbourhood.

In 2016, after 25 years in Vancouver, Suzo has moved back to Prince Rupert.



Curriculum Vitae

selected solo exhibitions

A Big Space Between
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Terrace Art Gallery, Terrace, March 2017

a small dominion
acrylic paintings on canvas and wood panels,
Commercial Street Café Gallery, November 2016

a small dominion
acrylic paintings on canvas and wood panels,
The Gallery at the Cultch, October 2016

Like the Back of My Hand
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Commercial Street Café Gallery, Vancouver, October 2015

Like the Back of My Hand
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Campbell River Art Gallery, Campbell River, BC, August 2015

Like the Back of My Hand
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers, BC, June 2015

Rain in the Forecast
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Arnica Artist Run Centre, Kamloops, BC, January 2015

Simultaneously Drab and Evocative
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Commercial Street Café Gallery, Vancouver, November 2014

Rain in the Forecast
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Terrace Art Gallery, Terrace, BC, May 2014

Current Conditions
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Commercial Street Café Gallery, Vancouver, November 2013

A 60 Percent Chance of Showers
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
Commercial Street Café Gallery, Vancouver, November, 2012

A 60 Percent Chance of Showers
Acrylic paintings on Canvas,
The Artiste, Vancouver, October 2012

Cloud Cover
Acrylic paintings on canvas
The Cultch Gallery, Vancouver, December 2011

everything that is in front of me: East Van Landscapes
Acrylic paintings on canvas and wood
The Rhizome Café, Vancouver, May 2011

nothing keeps the same unchanging shape
Acrylic paintings on canvas and wood
The Cultch Gallery, Vancouver, January 2011

Let Me Go Down in the Mud
12 canvases: acrylic paintings and photocopy transfer
grunt gallery, Vancouver, January 1997
Alternator Gallery, Kelowna, March 1997
Harry's, Vancouver, August 1997
Public library, Nelson, May 1998

selected collaborations


You Fucking Fruit!
Video, acrylic on canvas; interactive installation
(collaboration with Lizard Jones)
Video In/Out On Screen, Vancouver, August 1999

Mirificus
Painting and construction
(collaboration/group show with Persimmon Blackbridge
and Elaine Savoie)
grunt gallery, Vancouver, March 2006

selected group shows


Phone Calls from the Dead
Acrylic paintings on board, mixed media
(group show, Queer Arts Festival, “Trigger: Drawing the Line in 2015”)
Roundhouse, Vancouver, July 2015

Deer (still life)
Acrylic paintings on wood, (group show fundraiser, CARFAC BC, Wish You Were Here)
Woodward's Atrium and on-line, June 2012

everything that is in front of me: new addition
Acrylic paintings on Canvas
(group show, The Space in Between)
Atta Glanz Gallery, Vancouver, October 2011

Wheel of Certainty
Acrylic paintings on board, mixed media
(group show, Queer Arts Festival, “Games People Play”)
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver, August 2011

Renfrew Heights
Acrylic paintings on canvas and wood
(exhibited with Elizabeth Fischer and Ken Gerbrick)
Chapel Arts, Vancouver, June 2009

7 Deadly Sins
Ink and coloured pencil on paper, original art and limited edition artists' playing cards
(group show, Playing with a Full Deck, with 52 artists)
grunt gallery, Vancouver, December 2001

When I was Twelve
Mixed media on suitcases
(group show, Five From the Region, with Darlene Kalynka, Ted Smith, Laura Hargrave and Briana Palmer)
Kamloops Art Gallery, December 2000

Painting from: Let Me Go Down in the Mud, When I was Twelve, and Artist and Muse
Acrylic paintings on canvas; mixed media on suitcases; acrylic on wood
(group show, Coughing Paint: New Painting and Feminism, with Lucy Hogg and Monique Genton)
Saddleback College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, March 2000

Eating Bread and Honey
12' x 6' triptych: acrylic paint and photocopy transfer
Window Art Gallery, Vancouver, January 1995

When I was Twelve
Installation: suitcases, acrylic paint, colour photo copies, collage
(group show, Rednecks & City Slickers, with Marianne Nicolson and Jeanne Rogowski)
Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, November 1994

Other/Wise
Acrylic paintings
(group show with Nancy Duff and Daniel Ellingsen)
Basic Inquiry Studio, Vancouver, October 1994

Are You My Mother?
Inter-active installation, sculpture and painting
(collaboration with Lizard Jones for Artropolis)
Woodwards Building, Vancouver, October 1993

Vancouver Association for Noncommercial Culture
Participating artist and board member, 1991-1996
collaborations with Lizard Jones

Benchmarks and Bench(re)marks
Four site-specific bus bench installations
Vancouver, February to October 1994
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Time
Print work in West Coast Line, Spring 1993

Awards and grants
Project Assistance for Visual Arts, BC Culture, 1999
Don Jarvis Scholarship, 1993
ECCAD Trust Scholarship, 1993
Helen Pitt Award, 1992

Professional Affiliations
Board of Directors, Queer Arts Festival, 2013 to present
Board of Directors, Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, 2013 to present
Board of Directors, CARFAC BC, 2011 to 2015
Art House in the Field Collective, member 2012 to 2015
Renfrew-Collingwood Multi-cultural Artist Network (RCMAN), member 2012 to present


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