SUZKO aka Susie Lowe [United Kingdom]

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Suzko was born in London where she continues to live and work as a freelance artist, illustrator and muralist. Although predominantly a painter, she also customises Vespas, helmets and bicycle wheels, designs packaging, album covers and clothing and also does the odd ‘live art’ performance at events across the UK and Europe.

When did it all begin? And how did you first become interested in Murals / Street Art/graffiti?

It was a pretty organic process. My general style of art has an ‘urban art’ edge to it, I met other artists on the scene and it kinda just happened.

Which artist/s influenced you?

There are so many!!!  Im completely in love with Sainer’s work from the Etam Cru at the moment.  He makes my jaw drop!  Also love Byroglyphics, AR and Alice Pasquini just to mention a few.  I’m lucky to have loads of mates on the London scene who are all a massive inspiration to me also; Stedhead especially.

What style is your work?

That’s always a difficult question to answer.  I usually just tell people to take a look and decide for themselves.

Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?

My culture I guess.  The culture Ive grown up in in London. . . City living and the diverse, amazingly unique and creative people I know.

What is the source of your inspiration these days?

Other Artists

What do your pieces usually focus on?

The subjects for my canvas art are very different to those I do for murals. I’ve always had a fascination with people.  I specialize in portraiture in an urban art style and this is usually what I spend time in my studio working on.  However, with my murals, I tend to do silly/funny things usually focusing on animals in strange poses or situations.  I like the idea of making the viewer or audience laugh when they see my piece on the street.

What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?

Customizing Vespas that were being sold in Harrods in London.  Always a bit nerve-racking doing something you’ve never done before, especially when you know the product will be selling for 1000’s of pounds.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Never!

Do you listen to music while working? Or you need a quite environment?

Not always, it depends how my piece is going.  I often get really stressed when I’m painting as things never look the way I want them to. . . I’m a procrastinator!  Sometimes music just distracts me.

Have you ever had any problems with authority cause of your work?

Nope

Do you have a formal art education?

No, I didn’t go to university

Would you rather paint alone? Or do you prefer collaborate with others?

I love collaborating, never thought I would years ago but it’s so much more fun.  I find, however, the social aspect of it is somewhat distracting . . . too much beer =)

Have you every collaborated with other artists?

Yes, often! . . .Artista, Amara Por Dios, Stedhead, Jeba, Candy Lo and loads others

How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?

Love them.  They’re the key for getting our work seen.

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