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Susan Vecsey

Statement/Biography


Susan Vecsey was born in New Jersey and currently lives and works in both 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.

A painter interested in creating lyrical and poetic themes, Susan Vecsey uses iconic imagery derived from nature.  In a recent review in Hamptons Art Hub Gabrielle Selz writes, “Inspired by painters like Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Milton Avery and Helen Frankenthaler—all of whom explored the variance of tonality on limited compositional formats—Vecsey creates work that is filled with ideas about arrangement, lyrical color, perspective, repetition and surface.” 

References to representational imagery are a starting point, a vehicle to convey a certain emotion and to explore color, form, and shape.  Vecsey states, “There is a great pleasure in the whole process of creating from the anticipation, the processing to the realization.”  Vecsey’s oil stained linen and paper works carry on the color field and minimalist traditions in a contemporary context.  She begins with charcoal studies in which she draws her perceptive ideas on paper and then creates elaborate color studies.  Afterwards Vecsey thins oil paint and pours it directly on to primed linen or paper allowing it to flow naturally with some guidance from the artist.  Vecsey says, “With poured paint, timing is everything, and it is important to be decisive with it and also ready to accept or reject the unexpected.”

Susan Vecsey recently has been focused on creating more dramatic abstract compositions, using bolder geometric shapes, while keeping her quintessential soft edges and areas of raw linen exposed.  Many of these new works are large-scale.  In reference to Vecsey’s 2014 solo show at Berry Campbell, Franklin Einspruch declares, “this is virtuoso painting.”

Susan Vecsey’s work was in Guild Hall’s 2014 Selections from the Permanent Collection curated by Christina Strassfield, alongside Balcomb Greene, Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, and Mary Heilmann. Mabley Handler Design, Bridgehampton featured Vecsey’s work in the 2014 Hamptons Holiday House.  In recent years, the distinguished design dealers, Lee Jofa and Brunschwig & Fils, have used several of her paintings in advertising campaigns.  Susan Vecsey’s paintings are widely held in public and private collections around the world.

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Born 1971, Somerville, New Jersey
Lives and works in New York City and East Hampton, New York

EDUCATION
MFA, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, Study with Graham Nickson.
BA, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York
Continuing Study, Museum of Modern Art, The New School, International Center of Photography, New York

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO OR FOUR PERSON EXHIBITIONS


Berry Campbell, New York, Recent Paintings, 2016
Berry Campbell, New York, Recent Paintings, 2014
Quogue Gallery, New York, Recent Paintings, 2014
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Recent Paintings, 2010
Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, New York, Light of Spring, 2009
Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York, New Paintings, 2008

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Berry Campbell, New York, Something, curated by Noah Becker, 2016.
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, Artist Members Exhibition, 2015
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, New Additions to the Permanent Collection, 2010-2014 2014
Art Silicon Valley | San Francisco, Berry Campbell, 2014
Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2014
Berry Campbell, Year in Review, New York, 2014
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, 75th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, 2014
Spanierman Modern, New York, Modern Selections, 2013
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, First Impressions:  Printmaking with Solarplates, 2013
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, Landscape Selections from the Permanent Collection, 2013
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Summer Selections, 2013
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, 75th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, 2013
Spanierman Modern, New York, Dripping! Pouring! Staining!, 2013
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Landscapes: 1880s to the Present, 2013
Spanierman Modern, New York, Thirteen Contemporary Artists, 2013
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Summer Selections, 2012
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Modern and Contemporary Paintings, 2012
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Artists of the East End: Past & Present, 2012.
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, 74th Annual Guild Hall Artist Member, 2012
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Contemporary Artists, 2012
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Artists of the East End, Part 2, 2011
Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York, 44th Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational, 2011
Spanierman Gallery, New York, Fifteen Modern and Contemporary Artists, 2011
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, 73rd Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, 2011
Spanierman Gallery, New York, In the Tonalist Mood: Paintings from 1860 to the Present, 2011 
Spanierman Modern, New York, Gallery Selections, 2009
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, 2009
Water Mill Museum, New York, 16th Annual Members Exhibition, 2008
Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York, East End Photographers Group: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, 2008
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, 70th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, 2008 
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Columbia Impact 16th Annual Spring Benefit Auction, 2008
Sylvester & Co. and Amagansett Applied Arts, New York, Second Annual Group Exhibition, 2007
Sylvester & Co., Amagansett, New York, Water Show, 2007 
Sylvester & Co., Amagansett, New York, Landscape Show, 2007 
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York, 69th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, 2007 
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Columbia Impact 15th Annual Spring Benefit Auction, 2007
Sylvester & Co. and Amagansett Applied Arts, New York, First Annual Group Exhibition, 2006

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York
Grand Hyatt, Presidential Suite, New York

HONORS
American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist, Italy, 2012
Marika Herskovic Annual Artist Seminar, invitation to present recent work, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, 2012