Suzy is the Owner of Gilded Pear Gallery, established in 2011, after 16 years previously working in the field at Pepper Tree Studios and CornerHouse Gallery. She earned her B.A. in Studio Arts with an emphasis in painting and printmaking at Coe College and has 20+ years of experience working in the fine art industry. In 2010, she earned her Certification as an Appraiser of Personal Property; the title only held by 36 (ISA) professionals in the country having a specialty in Fine Art.Statement
My abstract works are exploring color relationships, varying textures and media. I’m intrigued with finding ways to work with precious materials that are rooted in Japanese printmaking techniques as well as color field and texture relationships that are inspired by abstract expressionist artists.
Works on paper use a variety of media including acrylic paint, layers of ceramic stucco, metallic paints and powdered pigments, silver leaf, gold leaf, mica powder, and diamond dust. I was inspired by Andy Warhol’s serigraphs and Russell Young’s works that included diamond dust in the printing, giving the works added sense of significance and depth. I was also influenced by the Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking tradition, particularly in Utamaro, Hokusai, and Sharaku prints published by Tsutaya Juzaburo the end of the 18th century in the Edo Period, where mica powder is incorporated on special edition print prints known as Surimono prints. These were considered to be “luxury prints” with added embossing to the paper, also known as gaufrage, and the use of metallic paints and mica powder.
The canvas works are an exploration juxtaposing thinly painted areas with soft muted colors and more relaxed brushwork, contrasting that with areas of more intense colors and more active, “painterly” brushstrokes. I am inspired by colors in nature; it could be a spectacular sunset or storm clouds or just a muted gray sort of day.
The idea of “studio guilt” is well known by many artists who have busy lives and struggle to make the time to devote to their art. Most of gallery owners I know are artists in their own right, that is a big reason why we are in this business and when I opened my own space, I promised myself that I would not abandon my own art as is easy to do when the business demands a great amount of time and energy.