New York, b.1971

Susan Vecsey

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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 Master of Fine Arts from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, studying under Graham Nickson. In 2012, Vecsey was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Vecsey had a solo museum exhibition at the Greenville County Museum, South Carolina in 2017 that was accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with an essay by Phyllis Tuchman. “Unlike, say, Fairfield Porter, another East End artist, Vecsey is less involved with the here and now. She’s not recording the details of daily life. She’s reminding you of places where you have...

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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 Master of Fine Arts from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, studying under Graham Nickson. In 2012, Vecsey was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Vecsey had a solo museum exhibition at the Greenville County Museum, South Carolina in 2017 that was accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with an essay by Phyllis Tuchman. “Unlike, say, Fairfield Porter, another East End artist, Vecsey is less involved with the here and now. She’s not recording the details of daily life. She’s reminding you of places where you have been. With swooping curves, extended horizon lines, and a mix of tonal colors, Vecsey’s compelling images have the character of memories, recollections, reveries. You’re revisiting sites of pleasure and wonderment.”

In 2017, The John Jermain Memorial Library, the Public Library of Sag Harbor, presented an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Susan Vecsey. Evoking memories of her home near Cedar Point, Vecsey’s abstract paintings recall memories of the landscapes and seascapes of her surroundings.

A painter interested in creating lyrical and poetic themes, Susan Vecsey uses iconic imagery derived from nature. In a recent review, 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 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 featured in Guild Hall Museum’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, incorporated Vecsey’s paintings 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. Vecsey has been featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Hamptons Magazine and Veranda.

Susan Vecsey’s paintings are widely held in public and private collections around the world. Vecsey is represented by Berry Campbell Gallery in New York.

Artworks

14

Untitled (Grey/Lavender), 2018

RELATED CATEGORIES

Abstract Imagery / Abstraction / Color Field Abstract / Color Field Painting / Geometric Shapes / Linen / Lyrical Color / Nature / New York / Oil On Linen / Oil Painting

CURRICULUM VITAE

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

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2017

    Greenville County Museum, South Carolina

  • John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • Art Wynwood, Berry Campbell

  • Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary, Berry Campbell

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Curriculum Vitae

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

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2017

    Greenville County Museum, South Carolina

  • John Jermain Memorial Library, Sag Harbor, New York

  • Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

  • 2016

    Recent Paintings, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2014

    Recent Paintings, Berry Campbell, New York

  • Recent Paintings, Quogue Gallery, New York

  • 2010

    Recent Paintings, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 2009

    Light of Spring, Spanierman Gallery, East Hampton, New York

  • 2008

    New Paintings, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • Art Wynwood, Berry Campbell

  • Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary, Berry Campbell

  • Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • 2017

    Art Miami, Berry Campbell

  • Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary, Berry Campbell

  • Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • 2016

    Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • Art Southampton, Berry Campbell

  • 2015

    Art Southampton, Berry Campbell

  • Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Art Wynwood, Berry Campbell

  • Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2014

    New Additions to the Permanent Collection, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Art Wynwood, Berry Campbell

  • Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Berry Campbell

  • Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut

  • Year in Review, Berry Campbel, New York

  • Mimai Project, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 76th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • 2013

    Modern Selections, Spanierman Modern, New York

  • First Impressions: Printmaking with Solarplates, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Landscape Selections from the Permanent Collection, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Summer Selections, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 75th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Dripping! Pouring! Staining!, Spanierman Modern, New York

  • Landscapes: 1880s to the Present, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • Thirteen Contemporary Artists, Spanierman Modern, New York

  • 2012

    Summer Selections, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • Modern and Contemporay Paintings, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • Artists of the East End: Past & Present, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 74th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Contemporary Artists, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 2011

    Artists of the East End, Part 2, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 44th Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Fifteen Modern and Contemporary Artists, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 73rd Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • In the Tonalist Mood: Paintings from 1860 to the Present, Spanierman Gallery, New York

  • 2009

    Gallery Selections, Spanierman Modern, New York

  • Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum. East Hampton, New York

  • 2008

    16th Annual Members Exhibition, Water Mill Museum, New York

  • East End Photographers Group: 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, New York

  • 70th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Columbia Impact 16th Annual Spring Benefit Auction, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

  • 2007

    Second Annual Group Exhibition, Sylvester & Co. and Amagansett Applied Arts, New York

  • Water Show, Sylvester & Co., Amagansett, New York

  • Landscape Show, Sylvester & Co., Amagansett, New York

  • 69th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Columbia Impact 15th Annual Spring Benefit Auction, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

  • 2006

    First Annual Group Exhibition, Sylvester & Co. and Amagansett Applied Arts, New York

Collections

  • Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina

  • Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York

  • Grand Hyatt, Presidential Suite, New York