6 inch, oil on board paintings
May 2 - June 13, 2009
Opening Night Reception
Saturday, May 2, 2009
6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
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Susan Sullivan's paintings prove that good things really do come in small packages! Twenty pocket-sized landscapes are on view in phd's portfolio gallery from May 2, to June 13, 2009 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 2, 2009 from 6 -10 p.m.
The artist often works on a very small scale, though her compact paintings take on new meaning when viewed as a large group. Each landscape is painted in one sitting from a picture taken by the artist, and groupings of her paintings read like photo albums, documenting where she has been.
For these paintings, Sullivan has abandoned the traditional brush and canvas entirely in favor of the palette knife. She enjoys the contrast of the delicate size with the rough wood boards and tough palette knife strokes. The paintings in her landscape series, often created with tools intended for construction rather than art, depict the artist's experience of a certain place at a certain time with very few carefully planned strokes.
St. Louis native, Susan Sullivan earned her BFA in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute in 2002. She was awarded the Rosalie Tilles scholarship, which provided her full tuition for 4 years. During her time at KCAI, she was commissioned by the Dean of Students to do a portrait.