Susan Vecsey

American, b. 1971


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Susan Vecsey, who works in the traditions of Color Field and Tonalist painting, has moved in the direction of Minimalism in her current work. While her compositions are seemingly simple, there is a well-thought-out process for each painting, including preparatory charcoal drawings with calculated geometries and numerous color studies in search of precise color combinations. The size and shape of each canvas are long considered. The materials, the quality of the pigment, and the texture of the linen are just as important as the composition. Paint is applied through pouring or staining. Vecsey states, “With poured paint, timing is everything, and it is important to be decisive with it and also ready to accept or reject the unexpected.” Her abstract paintings convey certain emotions and references to nature through their shapes and colors, becoming vehicles for us to access our own memories and experiences. Susan Vecsey was born in Somerville, New Jersey, and lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, New York. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York and her Masters of Fine Art from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, studying under Graham Nickson. In 2012, she was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Vecsey’s work is widely held in public and private collections. Recently Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton acquired White Main Beach, 2012 for its permanent collection.

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