Susan Sharp's gorgeous abstractions of oils on panels, ranging in size from 2 - 5 feet, make this mode of expression look brand new, so fresh it's as if Sharp invented the concept and so fluid the paintings seem to have a life of their own.
"We are, indeed, in an 'internal world,' which is where Sharp wants to be - a world rich with seductive color as well as impulsive movement, that is, a world libidinously and agressively alive....she in effect conveys, in abstract terms, the unresolvable tension in herself, which threatens to tear her apart even as it is the source of her creativity. The convulsive beauty of Sharp's paintings suggests that they are abstractly surreal, in line with Andrew Breton's assertion that beauty is always convulsive, especially modern beauty...Donald Kuspit, excerpted from "Susan Sharp: Fluidity and Fantasy," Housatonic Museum of Art, 2002
The Beth Urdang Gallery is extremely pleased to present this first exhibition in Boston of Susan Sharp's paintings consisting of 9 oils and 3 works on paper. That Sharp is a very established is readily apparent in her confident gesture, brilliant color, exquisite light, and unique ability to take biomorphism into her own hands and make of it something magical and personal. Inspired by the weight and transparency water, topographical drawings, nature, and the life within our own bodies, Sharp combines the actual and metaphysical in ways that are improbably unique. Working in a variety of mediums and techniques, her exquisite surfaces combine matte and glossy finishes that are as compelling as they are surprising.