Sue Dray has illustrated for over 40 years working during the 70s for groundbreaking feminist publications Spare Rib and The Women’s Press, as well as for the gay community: Gay Men’s Press, Gay Pied and Gay News with the work all archived in The British Library.
Through the 80s her work was published extensively with high profile authors such as Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon and John Mortimer.
Sue Dray now draws, backstage and from the front row at London & Paris Fashion Week and was the first artist in residence for Fashion Scout SS18, SS20 and AW20 painting live from the runway at her easel jostled in amongst the press photographers.
Her prestigious clients are Vivienne Westwood, Pam Hoggand Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World. She is featured drawing backstage in the film ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist - released 23rd March 2018.
Sue draws in a signature style that combines strong lines with painterly textures and bright, contrasting colour, focusing on the haptic of creating.
She explains “it’s in the encapsulation of the instance of experiencing and translating what I see, into a final piece. This practice has taken me many years of constantly drawing, painting and interpreting my vision. I rarely alter my work it’s important I capture the moment as seen in the instant”.
Sue’s teaching history is extensive she has taught in the UK, Paris, Australia and America. She was Course Leader, Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration at London College of Fashion 2009 - 2018 and continues to contribute as a guest lecturer fueling and nurturing the next generation of fashion artists.
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