Opening Reception: Thursday, May 26 from 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: Friday, May 20th 2016 through Thursday, June 9th 2016
530 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
ABOUT SUSAN MARX
It is easy to identify the alluringly colorful abstracts that typify Susan Marx’s new work, as she has a style that is her own. Originally a plein air impressionist painter, Marx has since shifted to abstract impressionism, a term coined by Elaine de Kooning. This style allows Marx to expel realistic subject matter while retaining the “feel” of nature. “These paintings are paintings from the inside of my head, deep down in my subconscious,” Marx says. “Painted from what nature leaves with me.”
When painting, Marx allows herself to be led by emotional sensations rather than an intellectualized plan. Perhaps you could call it stream of consciousness painting. She paints at a passionate, furious pace with large brush strokes rarely waiting for prior layers to dry. The work becomes a sort of chemical reaction, concluding in an explosive collision of color and texture. Marx often leaves blank spaces on her canvases, most typically at the edges. It is a decision, she says, that “lets the painting breathe.” For Marx, process and intent are one and the same. “My paintings are conversations,” she says, “between my eyes, my head, my heart, my gut, and the canvas in front of me.”
Marx is most interested in capturing the essence of a piece, bringing color and emotion together but leaving enough space for the viewer to engage his or her imagination. In this way she hopes to bring the viewer into the painting itself, to extend the story of the piece beyond artistic intent and physical content. Of her own role, Marx says, “I paint as a result of my radical amazement at the beauty of the visual world.”
If you asked her who her muses are, she would reply: the Impressionist Monet and second generation Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell. Susan Marx received a BFA in painting from Boston University. She likes to continue her education by taking frequent painting trips to France: Giverny many times, Honfleur, Étretat, Rouen, Arles, St Rémy and Provence. This summer, she will paint in Paris.
Marx lives in New Jersey and has traveled extensively and exhibited widely. Her paintings are influenced by the nature that she enjoys, experiences and paints in her native New Jersey. Her works may be found in collections throughout the US and abroad.
Visit Susan's website at: Susan Marx website
*painting shown: Color Journey, 2016, 30x24 inches, acrylic on canvas