They say ones ancestors pave the way, whether by genes or tradition, Soo’s heritage was conceived of an old relative Robert Seymour, illustrator to Charles Dickens and his Pick Wick Papers.
Soo was born in Zimbabwe. She painted instinctively from an early age, her parents encouraging her natural talent. A degree from Cape Town University in Marine Ecology balanced her artistic passion. Her career varied from Marine Archeometry, teaching, margarine production, marine diamond excavation, the family’s Air Charter business and art. Soo sailed the East African coast from Mozambique to Suez, visited Yemen and Socotra, climbed Kilimanjaro, and explored the Sahara, the Himalayas, and the Mogul Mosques in Pakistan.
Inspiration for her bold palette comes from her adventurous spirit, and passion to travel to these remote places to witness ancient cultures, the diversity of colour, landscapes and architecture. She documented her travels in paint with a loose, vibrant, spontaneous style drawn from a keen observant eye.
Her chosen mixed media is close to hand, acrylics, pigments, collage and pastels , applied by any means from brush to palette knife…creating explosions of colour on sized heavy weight brown card designed to withstand the harsh African light.
Her studio walls are scribbled with quotes, covered by cut outs; books line the shelves, collections of fossils, grinding stones, bones and shells to feed the imagination. Soo‘s passions include collecting ancient beads, herbal remedies, honey and orchids. Soo’s only child is currently studying graphic design at Central St Martins in London.
Solo exhibitions and group shows include:
1991 Sandro’s Gallery, Harare. / 1991 National Gallery, Harare. Mukuyu Award. / 2001 Richard Rennie, Harare. / 2002 Richard Rennie, Harare. / 2002 Ballantyne and Jones, Johannesburg. / 2003 Richard Rennie, Harare. / 2003 African Art Gallery, Glasgow. / 2004 Richard Rennie, Harare. / 2005 Richard Rennie, Harare. / 2005 Affordable Art Fair, London. / 2007 Alliance Française, Lusaka. / 2007 Willowmead Gallery, Harare. / 2007 Bamboo Gallery, Johannesburg. / 2008 Private Exhibition, Lusaka. / 2008 Willowmead Gallery, Harare. / 2009 Private Exhibition, Lusaka / 2010 -2014 Exhibited at various privately organised shows. / 2015 37 d Gallery and STart Foundation, Lusaka / 2016 Kiki’s Gallery, Harare / 2017 Wild Geese, Harare