Sue Skitt


Taking inspiration from Dutch and Spanish vanitas paintings from the 16th and 17th century, my mixed media collages incorporate artifacts with in the traditional construct of the still life. This combining the present and past speaks to memory and personal legacy both the decomposition of the natural (such as rotting fruit and withering flowers) and the breakdown of man made objects (reference the physical body and mortality).

Much of my work explores the power of object to bear witness to intangible ideas and emotional truths. The work employs the iconography and symbols of common every day objects means of communication. The use of photography mixed medium, itself adds to the irony when viewed with in the historical framework of vanitas painting, evoking the viewer to call to the mind to question?

In revisiting the tradition of still life as a memento mori, through mixed media, created a series of challenging pieces, incorporating a diverse range of media, and medium.
This explores silk screen printing, collage, hand painted surfaces, photography of my drawings, and work, to capture my working practice in another dimension through Mixed Media, Collage; they work well with my fine art still life vanitas photographs. The use of this medium has been explored to assist an individual approach to my working practice.

In taking something from everyday, and freezing it in a college mixed media, the desire is to stop time itself, which is to capture an image of something as it exists at that particular instance. Although the action implies a wish to neglect the effects of death, effectively it hastens death, multiplies it and personage it, the series of vanitas collages is a conscious or unconscious reminder of death and decay.

Sue Skitt BA (Hons)


Fine Artist

buzzdesign, Liversedge West Yorkshire

Fine Artist/Graphic Designer, Partner in the company with Peter Skitt from 1991-to the present date


Fine Art for Design

Huddersfield university, west yorkshire


DIALOGUE ON DEATH at The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church London NW1

RARE ART EXHIBIT HERE at Menier Gallery, London, UK SE1 1RU

Return to Splendour at Theater Delicatessen(the old BBC News studios), London, UK W1U4QA

A Book About Death at The Royal Cambrian Academy MOMA Wales, Conway Wales

Ferens Art Gallery Open 2013 at Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, GB HU13RA

Winter Blues at HeadSpace@EggSpace, Liverpool, GB L14ED

Twinned 2012 in association with Threshold Festival at Camp &Furnace, Liverpool, GB

Ferens Art Gallery open ExHIBITION at Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, GB

Parallax AF International Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Chelsea Town Hall ,Kings Road, London, UK

Barcelona Showcase 2012 at Casa Batllo Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

The Signature Art Award 2012 at ,vyner street, London, UK E29DG

1st Open Art Exhibition at The Bradford Playhouse, Bradford, GB

Image to Object at Red Gate Gallery, London, UK SW9 8RU

Still-Life:Ordinary and Extraordinary at Still Point Art Gallery,

Threshold Festival at HeadSpace@EggSpace, Liverpool, GB L10BS

Opened Twinned Group Exhibition at The CUC, Liverpool, GB L10BS

Parallax AF LONDON (Frieze) at Pall Mall Gallery The Royal Opera Arcade, London, UK SW1Y4UY

Short Spring Open (Light Nights) at HeadSpace@eggspace The Egg 2nd Floor, Newington Liverpool UK

How Beautiful Ugliness is at Red Gate Gallery, London, UK SW98RU

Barbican Arts Trust-Art Works OPEN 2010 at Black Horse Studios, London, UK E176AA

Fine Art & Photography at Candid Arts Trust, London, UK EC1V1NQ

The Signature Art Awards 2010 at, Vyner Street London UK E29DG

RA Summer ExHIBITION Rejects 2010 at Menier Gallery, London, UK SE1 1RU

20X20 Exhibition at Access Space unit 1, Sheffield, GB S14RG

Twenty -Ten (independant Liverpool Biennial 2010 at HeadSpace@EggSpace, Liverpool, GB

Beer Mat at Temporary Art Space, Piece Hall Halifax West Yorkshire England

Art Snobs & Pritt Sticks at Free Range,Truman Gallery Block T2, London, UK

Terms &Conditions at Dewsbury Empty Shops, Dewsbury,West Yorkshire England

Exhibit Here’s Art Maze Exhibition at Bargehouse,Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK SE19PH


  • Vanitas
  • still-life
  • symbolism
  • mixed media collage
  • fine art photography
  • ilustraition


  • Fine Art
  • Fine Art Photography
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  • graphic Design
  • Illustraition
  • Mixed Media collage
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