Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas is an Auckland painter. She was raised in Wellington and has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions. She has works in many private and corporate collections including the Wallace Arts Trust, ANZ, Caltex and the NZ Wool Board.

Thomas paints abstracts based on the fragility, chaos but ultimate joy of humanity. Her current work is around themes of shelter - physical and metaphorical - and human strength and weakness - coping mechanisms and emotional survival techniques.

Susan works as a designer for NZ House & Garden magazine.

"I'm interested in our strength as well as weaknesses, our coping mechanisms and survival techniques, tolerance and the need to retreat sometimes to safe shelter."

5 questions, 5 answers

Do you have a favourite colour?

I tend towards soft, slightly dirty colours but I don’t have a fave

How do you take your coffee?

Trim flat white but am working on a long black

Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?


Who is your favourite artist of all time/now? Why?

The list is long and ever-changing although my first loves, the Cubists, Matisse, Rothko and Hotere, will always be with me.

5 words that explain you or your art?

Abstract, considered, structural, hard-edged, soft palette