Susan Schiesser

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My paintings hold a balance of figuration and abstract qualities. While employing memory for inspiration, I also work from photographs and films and other ‘scrap’ and snippets of colors I find in magazines or objects collected. Using a broad range of subjects, I’m usually exploring the general theme of my relation with my environment. My paintings sometimes appear tangled and complex, and like life, offer interrupted views.

Approaching painting in this way offers a sense of commonplace reality, translated into a heightened, and hopefully, timeless moment. Living experience in real-time is how I practice my art. I categorize my work as Contemporary Realist.


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about the artist

My paintings hold a balance of figuration and abstract qualities. While employing memory for inspiration, I also work from photographs and films and other ‘scrap’ and snippets of colors I find in magazines or objects collected. Using a broad range of subjects, I’m usually exploring the general theme of my relation with my environment. My paintings sometimes appear tangled and complex, and like life, offer interrupted views.

Approaching painting in this way offers a sense of commonplace reality, translated into a heightened, and hopefully, timeless moment. Living experience in real-time is how I practice my art. I categorize my work as Contemporary Realist.

The studio at Copper Ridge in Colorado is always open for visits by appointment and is the nucleus for artists Pat Walsh, Sierra Campbell, Christopher Oar, Julie Anderson, Margaret Smith, and Greg Grasso. It’s a thriving artists’ community.

Early on I was influenced by the Fauvists (like André Derain) for their vibrant use of color. The English painter, Peter Doig is my hero to emulate and my style is further impacted by Richard Prince, Jennifer Bartlett, Darshan Phillips, Julius Hatofsky and most all of the Northern California abstract Expressionist painters, such as David Park, Nathan Olivera, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud.

I studied painting (and welding) at the San Francisco Art Institute (1989-92), beginning study with the magnificent Joan Brown before her untimely death in India. There is/was much to be learned from Carlos Villa, Julius Hatofsky, and Chester Arnold. Art methodologies with Chester Arnold at College of Marin is an amazing class. My years of private study with abstract expressionist painter Julius Hatofsky I remember as one of the best parts of studying art.

I like to paint.


exhibitions

  • SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2009 (September) Off the Beaten Path CO
  • 2009 (Apr-Oct) Milagro, Santa Fe NM
  • 2009 (March) Artists Gallery, Steamboat CO
  • 2009 (January) Cella Gallery LA
  • 2009 (July) Creekside Cafe, Steamboat CO
  • 2008 Meko’s Art, Ft Collins CO
  • 2008 Colorado Group, Steamboat CO
  • 2008 Creekside Cafe d’ Art, JUL, Stmboat CO
  • 2008 David Chase, Steamboat CO
  • 2008 Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts
  • 2007 Marizart, Hamburg, Germany, March
  • 2007 Steamboat ART Museum, Steamboat CO,
  • 2007 Small Works Gallery, Steamboat CO,
  • 2007 Creekside Cafe Gallery, Steamboat CO
  • 2005-06 various,StudioGallery 27, Stmboat CO
  • 2005-2004 TEI Gallery, Steamboat CO
  • 2003 Valley Views the Red Brick, Aspen CO
  • 2002 The Truth about Dave, ‘02 Open Studio Tour / RiverArt Studio/Gallery, CO
  • 2001 Faces from the Mountains, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, Steamboat CO
  • 2000 - 2006 Open Studio Tours
  • SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  • 2009 Artist’s Gallery, Steamboat CO
  • 2009 Top Thirty, projekt30.com:1st MAR
  • 2008 Top Thirty, projekt30.com: 1st DEC
  • 2008 Something Wild, Artists’Gallery,SEP Steamboat CO
  • 2007 Goldsmith’s DEC Exhibit, Ft Collins CO
  • 2007 Artist’s Gallery, Steamboat CO
  • 2007 Marizart Gallerie, Hamburg, Germany, March
  • 2007 Top Thirty: February, July and August, 1st.
  • 2006—2007 Steamboat ART Museum, Steamboat CO, December ‘06 through April ‘07
  • 2006 www.project30.com Top Thirty: January, February, and May
  • 2003 TEI Contemporary, September and December Exhibits, Steamboat CO
  • 2002 Body of Water, Small Works Gallery, Winter Visions Mad Creek Gallery, CO
  • 2001 Miniatures Mad Creek Gallery, CO
  • 2000 New Works, Cionni & Schiesser
  • 2000 Red Barn Studio Gallery, CO
  • 2000 Summer Art 2000 Depot Art Center, CO
  • 2000 Trees - An Artist’s View, Cups, Landscape in Two Colors, Workshop Work
  • 2000 Small Works Gallery, Steamboat CO
  • 1999 Mixed Media Painters Society Fall Exhibit The Red Brick, Aspen, CO
  • 1999 Winter Works 1999, Summer Art ‘99
  • 1999 Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts
  • 1999 Steamboat Springs, CO
  • 1999 Mixed Media Invitational, Steamboat Arts Council, CO
  • 1998 Recent Landscapes, Full Moon Gallery Cafe, CO
  • 1997 Winter Works, Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts, CO
  • 1996 Open Studio, Schoonacher Building, Sausalito, California
  • 1995 Plein Air Painters, 555 Cleveland (Gallery) Petaluma, California
  • 1994 Members Invitational, Ross Valley Artists Guild Ross, California
  • 1990 and 1991 SFAI Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • 1989 Marin College Student’s Exhibition, Campus Gallery Kentfield, California
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