Susan Faigen was born in 1951 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. As a young girl, she went to the Willoughby Art Centre, where classes were conducted by Sue Berkley. At the Centre she found great kindness and a sense of freedom. She still remembers with gratitude her first class where they read the Myth of the Phoenix rising from the ashes and her first painting of a large coloured bird with long plumes.
In 1970 Susan studied fine arts as part of a B.A. at Sydney University, where she found the prevailing conceptual ideas of art heady and unappealing and the alternative academic teaching approach to painting often dull.
It was good fortune that Susan was introduced to the John Ogburn Studio while still at university. For her, John Ogburn’s teaching involved wonderful and continual revelations about painting and many things touching on painting.
Susan had several exhibitions at the Harrington Street Gallery in the 70’s and 80’s. Her next exhibition at the Gallery was in 2006.
“Painting for me involves not only an interest in imagery but also its sensuous expression".