Sue Coe/ Sue Coe

United Kingdom 1951

Illustration, Drawing

Sue Coe
Sue Coe
Male
United Kingdom
1951

Sue Coe is a British artist and illustrator, working primarily in drawing and printmaking, often in the form of illustrated books and comics. She grew up close to a slaughterhouse and developed a passion to stop cruelty to animals. Born in 1951 in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Coe studied at the Royal College of Art in London and lived in New York City from 1972 to 2001. Her work is highly political, often directed against capitalism and cruelty to animals.

For a quarter century she has explored factory farming, meat packing, apartheid, sweat shops, prisons, AIDS, and war. Her commentary on political events and social injustice is published in newspapers, magazines and books. The results of her investigations are hung in museum and gallery exhibitions and form an essential part of personal fine print collections by artists and activists alike. Coe’s paintings and prints are auctioned as fund raisers for a variety of progressive causes and, since 1998, she has sold prints to benefit animal rights organizations.

Her major influences include the works of Chaim Soutine and José Guadalupe Posada, Käthe Kollwitz, Francisco Goya and Rembrandt. She is a frequent contributor to World War 3 Illustrated, and has seen her work published in The Progressive, Mother Jones, Blab, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Newsweek The Nation and other periodicals.

In the 1980s, Coe was featured on the cover of Art News and her artwork has appeared in numerous museum collections and exhibitions. In 2002, Brown University staged an exhibition of her work titled Commitment to the Struggle: The Art of Sue Coe.

Recent projects include 9-11, on the collapse of the World Trade Center and her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a critique of the Bush administration. Her latest book Sheep of Fools… a song cycle for 5 voices was published in September 2005.

She taught courses at Parsons School of Design about social awareness in art. Coe was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician in 1993, and became a full Academician in 1994.

Her work is represented by Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. Her artwork is featured in the animal rights movie, Earthlings, and on the cover of Animals, Property, and the Law (1995) by Gary Francione.

Sue Coe lives and works in New York.



YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2008Make Art - Stop AIDS , Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Elephants We Must Never Forget: New Paintings by Sue Coe, Galerie St. Etienne, NY Solo
2007Sue Coe: Graphic Witness, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR Solo
2007Sue Coe Cycles, Smokebrush Gallery and Foundation for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO Solo
2005–2007The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY; Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TXGroup
2006Sue Coe: Selections from Sheep of Fools, Emmanuel Gallery, University of Colorado, Denver, CO Solo
2005Sue Coe's Sheep of Fools, Galerie St. Etienne, NY Solo
2005We All Fall Down: The AIDs Series, Cyrus M. Running Gallery, Concordia College, Moorhead, MNGroup
2004Sue Coe, Overtones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2004Sue Coe, The Tragedy of War: A Print Cycle, Fairbanks Gallery, Corvallis, OR Solo
2001–2002One Hand Washes the Other, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; Tyler Art Gallery, State University of New York, Oswego, NY Solo
2000The Tragedy of War, Galerie St. Etienne, NY Solo
1999Sue Coe: The Pit, Galerie St. Etienne and other venues New York, NY Solo
1997–1999Heel of the Boot: Prints by Sue Cole (U.S. Tour), Arizona State University and other venues Tempe, AZ Solo
1998Taboo: Repression and Revolt in Modern Art, Galerie St. Etienne New York, NYGroup
1997Art on the Edge, Museum of Modern Art New York, NYGroup
1994Sue Coe, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, DC Solo
1993Sue Coe, Maryland Art Place Baltimore, MD Solo
1993Women's Art, Women's Lives, Women's Issues, The Tweed Gallery New York, NYGroup
1989–1993Porkopolis: Animals and Industry (U.S. Tour), Galerie St. Etienne and other venues New York, NY Solo
1992In Good Conscience: The Radical Tradition in 20th-Century American Illustration (U.S. Tour), Katonah Museum Katonah, NYGroup
1992Darkness Visible, The Drawing Center New York, NYGroup
1991Artists of Conscience: 16 Years of Social and Political Commentary, Alternative Museum New York, NYGroup
1989Police State (European Tour), Museum of Modern Art and other venues Oxford, England Solo
1988Committed to Print, Museum of Modern Art New York, NYGroup
1988The Mandela Freedom Concert, Wembley Stadium London, EnglandGroup
1987The New Avant Garde, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles, CAGroup
1986Malcolm X Center for Black Survival, El Bohio Gallery New York, NYGroup
1986X: The Malcolm X Series (U.S. Tour), P.S. 1 and other venues Long Island City, NY Solo
1986Police State (U.S. Tour), San Francisco Art Institute and other venues San Francisco, CA Solo
198675th American Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, ILGroup
1983Sue Coe, P.P.O.W. Gallery New York, NY Solo
1980People's Art, United Nations New York, NYGroup
1979All Over Manhattan, Thumb Gallery London, England Solo
1978European Illustrators, Georges Pompidou Center Paris, FranceGroup
1977Portraits, American Institute of Graphic Arts New York, NYGroup