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Sue Cave


Further Information

  • Biography
  • Teaching (courses)
  • Commissions
  • Studio at Kirtlington Park



In the Oxford Times - "Country artists' work is in a top exhibition", Sarah Mayhew Craddock writes: "It is Cave's exquisite pencil drawings and wood engravings that often describe various types of wooden forms that capture my imagination, and it is pleasing to see that one such work, Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang... is on display in the Summer Exhibition."


Sue Cave trained at Grimsby School of Art and Kingston-on-Thames College of Art and Design. On completing a BA Hons in Fine Art, she moved ­to Oxford and has lived and worked in Oxfordshire ever since (see Biography).

Sue works in oils, water-colour and various drawing media as well as wood engraving. She presently shares a studio complex with five other artists at Kirtlington Park.

Sue’s work has been shown at various galleries and museums including the Piccadilly Gallery, London; Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford; Oxfordshire County Museum, Woodstock; Halifax House, Oxford; Plymouth Art Gallery and Museum; the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; the Fine Art Society, Glasgow; Devizes Art Gallery and Museum; the Parco Gallery, Tokyo; Bankside Gallery, London; and the Jerwood Space, London.

Sue has specialised in painting harpsichord lids and soundboards, including a new instrument commissioned by Magdalen College, Oxford. Other commissioned work includes portraits, murals and landscapes.

Her ink drawings have been printed in various private press publications, such as Simon Rae’s "Calendar" (Redlake Press, 1990) and "Listening to the Lake" (Previous Parrot press, 1993).

A pencil drawing (Nevergreen Oak 1)  was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition 2009 and the subsequent Jerwood touring exhibition.

Wood engravings have been exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In 2015, "Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang..." featured in the RA's Selection of Prints under £500

Alongside her studio work, Sue teaches drawing and painting in adult education classes. She previously taught at Oxpens College of Further Education and now takes a weekly private class at the Tew Centre in Great Tew.


Art Classes at the Tew Centre

Sue Cave holds weekly art classes on Thursdays at the Tew Centre, Great Tew near Chipping Norton.

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Art Class at the Tew Centre



Artweeks 2023

For Oxfordshire Artweeks 2023, Sue Cave is exhibiting at St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford along with five other professional artists – "GROUP SIX".

She will be exhibiting mostly wood engravings along with some drawings. Her passion is drawing trees and landscapes, working outside en plein air with pencil and paper.



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