SUZAN FRECON: 2016 Recipient of Artist Award
Suzan Frecon, book of paint, 2015, oil on linen, two panels, 108 x 87 3/8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.
Frecon is acclaimed for her complex, transporting abstract oil paintings and watercolors that reflect formal interests in color and stroke. Her immersive works, composed with subtle, interacting arrangements of color, are meticulously planned and includes pigments she grinds herself. Roberta Smith of The New York Times asserted that the "physicality of the work stems from Ms. Frecon's earthy color sense [and] are always clearly handmade, painted with a meditative quality that evokes Morandi." Carol Diehl, remarking on the intensity of color and surface wrote in ARTNews: Her "edges are the accumulation of many passes of the brush—a minimalism achieved by maximalism."