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Susan L’Estrange was born and educated in Cape Town South Africa, where she enjoyed high achievements in Art and Dramatic Art. Following her high school education she went on to complete a 2 year diploma in Speech and Drama, which was the first in a series of art-based courses and practices, including dramatic art, fine art, photography, graphic design, make-up, and creative writing.

Susan then began a career in filmmaking as a make-up artist for SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation television).

In 1989 she immigrated to Australia and worked as a make-up tutor at SCOMA (Sydney college of make-up art). In 1991 she taught video production at AIIS (Australian International Independent School) and during this time Susan took on the role as director of the ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Panasonic Student film/video Festival.

Susan studied the art of photography at ACP (  the Australian Centre for Photography) in Paddington, NSW.

 

By 2005, Susan had moved into mixed media/painting and created and sold many art works via several galleries, including MLC Gallery Pyrmont, Art Moment Bondi Beach, Art House Pitt St, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Frances Keevil Gallery Double Bay, Patina Antiques Mosman and Patina Antiques Queen St Woollahra.

 

In 2011, Susan chose to focus purely on her photography practice and created a business producing professional portraits. Susan has simultaneously continued her photography art practice and uses advanced Photoshop techniques, crossing from the portrait realm into theatre, fantasy and historical costume references.

Susan's unique style is an eclectic combination of both traditional and modern influences, which aims to draw attention to the social challenges currently experienced within the female population. Susan's work celebrates the beauty and highlights the vulnerability of femininity through a seemingly “looking glass” style. 

Susan is also exploring and intending to capture the unique beauty, fragility and depth of her male subjects in variant forms and contexts. Her ability to draw out the unmasked individual in front of the lens is evidenced in her collection of male portraits.