Original and affordable canvas art prints for your home.
"I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious!". - Albert Einstein
Urban Road is an Australian based line of original art prints on canvas. Created in 2010 by Suzie Atkin, self taught artist and illustrator who’s passion for art and interiors created a vision for making contempory original art accessible and affordable.
Suzie thinks of art as an ever changing journey which she loves being on, and is constantly inspired by her urban surroundings. All of the original artwork created for Urban Road is a combination of hand painted and digital art.
Urban Road love large prints on canvas, all their art works are printed on 100% cotton canvas using giclee/inkjet printing method and stretched over 3cm kiln dried stretcher bars. The canvas art comes gallery wrapped, which means the image is stretched around the edges of the frame to create a seamless museum quality finish.
It is Urban Road's vision to make gorgeous art accessible and affordable, without comprimising on quality... art doesn’t have to be expensive.
We also have the Urban Road look book should you wish to order another design to suit your space.
Come in store today and see our current selection including 'Ava Ming' which was purchased by the NBC TV series 'Parenthood' for use on the set.
Ava Brown - 76 x 101cm RRP$249
Ava Brown has been purchased for the set of the NBC TV series "Parenthood'
Mexican Otomi - 76 x 101cm RRP$249
Zebra Love - 60 x 90 cm RRP $195
Tell us about your background and how did you get to where you are today?
It’s a long story, the short version is growing up I loved art (not craft so much because my parents were crafters and their production line was me and my 3 brothers & sisters, we would hang out at the markets on the weekends…this put me off me for a while). However, it is in my blood & wasn’t stifled for long! In year 12 I wanted to be an art teacher, but was encouraged to do business by my well-intentioned father. So, ending up in IT I was lucky enough to get a job with a design software company (guess who). When I discovered their software I fell in love…I tinkered in my spare time. After I had my first child I started doing illustrations for other people…and here I am today!
Where do you call home?
Killara, Sydney has been my home for the last 10 years. But recently Greg and I have been fantasising about moving to the country…does anyone else do this??? I would love to know! If we move to the country I could call myself Country Road…doh, that’s already taken!
Tell us about your business.
Well, when I originally started doing illustrations I focused on custom portraits and called myself "Pop Me". But I decided to move away from portraits and focus on my original illustrations (it's more fun), so I thought a new name & look was in order. I called it Urban Road because to me art is a journey, and my style and inspirations are constantly changing. And the Urban part is simply my surroundings, plus I thought it sounded catchy...and the domain name was available LOL. All of my work is printed on canvas ready to hang, I love prints on canvas (even though paper seems to be the current trend…you know, Paper Runway and all). My goal with Urban Road is to make LARGE canvas prints gorgeous and affordable because often they are neither :). I currently have a very special offer 40% off your second canvas.
Who or what inspires you?
Inspiration is to be found everywhere, I always have my art glasses on. My next masterpiece is always on my mind so I seem to filter everything through my brain that way. Of course I have my favourite mags & blogs too, and how much are you all loving Pintrest? A fabulous time waster, I mean inspiration source.
1. What have the highlights been since starting your career?
The highlight for me is quitting my career (in IT) so I can paint & draw WOO HOO!
Were you given any memorable advice that you would like to share?
Don’t pretend to be someone your not and don’t worry if people don’t like you, you can’t make everyone happy. This is tough for a people pleaser like me, I’m working on it, the worrying part especially!
Do you have a favourite project?
I don’t really work on projects…one of my favourite illustrations is of my 2 girls, it captures a moment I remember fondly, I look at it everyday in their playroom and it makes me smile.
How do you maintain a balance between your work and your life? (or not?)
My family comes first and I try to fit everything else in between. Which means lots of late nights when the kiddies are asleep and hubby is watching his docos.
Thanks so much Suzie for your time. Come instore and see the stunning range of Urban Road. Special order also available!