Susan Breen - For Claustrophobia, 2008 (detail)

Susan Breen

United States

Photography, Abstract Art, Drawing

Susan Breen
Susan Breen
United States
October 16, 2015
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Susan Breen is an American artist who creates beautiful abstract paintings. Growing up in Buffalo, New York in the 70s, Breen showed interest in art from a very early age. She used to draw with chalk on pavement whenever she would go on a walk with her family. Encouraged by her parents, Susan went on to pursue art career. In 1991, she obtained a Bachelor Degree at Boston College. Five years later, in 1996, Breen earned her MFA degree from School of Visual Arts in New York.

At the beginning of her career, Susan briefly worked in photography, but switched to painting shortly afterwards, and has stuck to it until today. When she accepted canvas as her primary medium, she used the photographs she had taken as a basis for her oil paintings. Photography continued to play an important role in her artistic expression, as it served as a source of inspiration for Breen. Her favorites in particular were old sepia images, lost and forgotten in antique shops.

Artworks showcased in Remedy exhibition

Susan Breen - For Claustrophobia, 2008 Right Susan Breen - For Agoraphobia, 2008
Left: Susan Breen – For Claustrophobia, 2008 / Right: Susan Breen – For Agoraphobia, 2008

Breen is also a mother to a girl who was not only a huge impact on Susan’s life, but on her art as well. She started an online magazine called Mother-Musing, dedicated to female artists with successful careers in both art and motherhood. Even though painting in oil is her favorite medium, Breen had to briefly stop using it, because of the toxic materials. Wanting to avoid major interruptions in her artistic practice, Susan started to look for other mediums where she could still develop her artistic expression. These ended up to be photography and drawing.

Susan Breen’s Paintings

Susan Breen - To the Echoes, 2009 and For Astrophobia, 2008
Left: Susan Breen – To the Echoes, 2009 / Right: Susan Breen – For Astrophobia, 2008

Breen has received numerous awards, including Marianne Martin Award in 1991 and the AGNI Philip Guston Prize in 1999. She has had numerous exhibitions and shows across the East Coast, especially in the state of New York. Two of her more notable one-person exhibitions took place in 2008. Remedy, an exhibition which included her abstract paintings was organized by Woodward Gallery in New York. That same year, Fashion Forward was held at the Islip Art Museum in New York. Susan has also taken part in many group exhibitions as well. Both Ways is a dual show held at Woodward Gallery, which included artworks of Breen and Margaret Morrison.

Susan Breen is represented by Woodward Gallery in New York.

Featured image: Susan Breen – For Claustrophobia, 2008 (detail)
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Both Ways (with Margaret Morrison)Woodward Gallery, NYCDuo
201520in15Woodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2013Femalenergy 3Woodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2013DETAILWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2013Eye on the StormThe Bob Rauchenberg Gallery, Ft. Myers, FloridaGroup
2013Eye on the StormThe Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, ConnecticutGroup
2013The Presents of AngelsHyannis Harbor Arts CenterGroup
2012Summer SelectionsWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2012Places & PoliticsLockwood-Matthews Mansion Museum, Norwalk, CTGroup
201115 Minutes: Homage to Andy WarholPollock-Krasner House & Study Center, East Hampton, NYGroup
2010Nature CallsThe Shore Institute of The Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, New JerseyGroup
2010An Evening at Boston ArtBoston College’s Arts Alumni Network, Boston, MassachusettsSolo
2010Susan Breen PaintingsLobby of ICM (International Creative Management Agency), NYSolo
2010BIG Paper Winter - featuring original works by Basquiat, Calder, DeKooning, Richard Hambleton, Franz Kline, Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, WarholWoodward Gallery, NYCGroup
2008Fashion ForwardIslip Art Museum, Islip, NYGroup
2008Susan Breen, RemedyWoodward Gallery, NYSolo
2008Works on PaperWoodward Gallery at the Park Avenue Armory, New York, NYGroup
2007Housatonic Museum of Art’s 3rd Annual Juried ShowHousatonic Museum of Art’s Burt Chernow Galleries, Bridgeport, CTGroup
2007Tree-mendousCahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MAGroup
2007Free PlayIslip Art Museum, East Islip, NYGroup
2007Art of the NortheastSilvermine Artist Guild, New Canaan, CTGroup
2007101 DressesArtspace, New Haven, CTGroup
2007Cleaning Up ControversyBarnum Museum, Bridgeport, CTGroup
2006Gallery Artists ‘06-’07Woodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Bridgeport: State of the Arts ExhibitionBlack Rock Art Center, Bridgeport, CTGroup
2006The Art & Artists of Black RockCity Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CTGroup
2005Winter Paper SevenWoodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Susan Breen: Where Light Rises... Shadows FallWoodward Gallery, NYSolo
2004Vote With Your ArtO.K. Harris Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Four from the RockBlack Rock Art Center, Bridgeport, CTGroup
2004Community Word Project Benefit ExhibitionNational Arts Club, New York, NYGroup
2003Trash Art EventBlack Rock Art Center, Bridgeport, CTGroup
2003Paper Invitational VIWoodward Gallery, NYGroup
2003Museum Auction and GalaHuntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, ALGroup
20036th Annual Postcards from the Edge - AIDS BenefitGalerie Lelong, New York, NYGroup
2002Paper Invitational VWoodward Gallery, NYGroup
2002Limitless ImaginationNational Arts Club, NYGroup
2002Susan Breen: Works on PaperGallery at Classic Stage Company in association with Woodward Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001Susan Breen: Déja vuWoodward Gallery, New YorkSolo
2001NYWTC Event: For our Firemen, For our NeighborsGallery at Classic Stage Company in association with Woodward Gallery, NYGroup
2001Community Word Project: Paint Me a PoemRoger Smith Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Hit and Run 2001Woodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Femalenergy IIWoodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000Paper Invitational IIIWoodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999Susan Breen & Daniele Imperiale: Persistence of MemoryWoodward Gallery, New York, NYDuo
1999Size MattersGale Gates Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1999Susan Breen: PaintingsGallery at Classic Stage Company in association with Woodward Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1998Paper InvitationalWoodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1998Long Hot Summer, Part TwoAlgira, Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJGroup
1997Captured SilenceGallery at Roundabout, Times Square in association with Woodward Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1996Group ShowReggio Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1996GOLAESTIVALWoodward Gallery (GOLA, Inc.), New York, NYGroup
1995Group ShowWestside Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York, NYGroup
1993Group ShowSpace at 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MAGroup
1992Group ShowThe Forum Gallery, Jamestown, NYGroup
1991Group ShowLongwood Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
1991Group ShowThe Skylight Gallery, Tip O’Neal Library, Chestnut Hill, MAGroup
1991Group ShowBoston College Museum of Art, Chestnut Hill, MAGroup
1991Group ShowMcElroy Hall, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MAGroup