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Suzan Frecon: oil Paintings and sun

February 11, 2015

For almost every artist, light is something that cannot be neglected in practice or work. It is a necessity for every artist to pay attention to the light, no matter what form of art they create, what style they use, or in what epoch they live. This inability to ignore the importance of light applies to every phase in the process of creation of an artistic work, yet an individual artist may use light as a motif in their works as well. Parallel with thinking how to use light to improve perspective in paintings for example, an artist may be inspired to use it as a theme in her or his work. Precisely that is the case with new series of paintings by Suzan Frecon that will be exhibited at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York, in the show named oil paintings and sun.

Left: Suzan Frecon, Embodiment of red (orange), 2013, Oil on linen / Right: Suzan Frecon, Suzan Frecon, Terre verte, 2014, Oil on linen
Left: Suzan Frecon, Embodiment of red (orange), 2013, Oil on linen / Right: Suzan Frecon, Suzan Frecon, Terre verte, 2014, Oil on linen

The Art of Suzan Frecon

Suzan Frecon is best known for her abstract oil paintings dominated by watercolors. The color arrangements are composed carefully, putting more attention on the physical qualities of the color composition. Her paintings are quite abstract, more reduced to the medium itself then to the matter. The composition of colors in Frecon’s paintings blurs the line between the matter and the wholeness, therefore the topic of the painting and the medium used provoke an extraordinary visual perception in the viewer’s eyes. The abstract visual reality is chosen deliberately by the artist to be the central point of her work, thus mixing the supernatural aspect of the painting with the real. Suzan Frecon is particularly famous for her oil paintings. Her unique approach to the abstract oil paintings and watercolors made her work recognized both in the United States and internationally.

Suzan Frecon, Terre verte [detail], 2014, Oil on linen
Suzan Frecon, Terre verte [detail], 2014, Oil on linen

Oil Paintings and Sun

New paintings by Frecon will be part of the Oil Paintings and Sun exhibition. The sunlight itself is incorporated into paintings by creative relations the matter has with color, surface and material. Frecon uses geometrical and volumetric proportions in order to define the spatial relation between the sun and the surface, and introduces asymmetry in order to represent the unpredictable nature of the visual representation. The paintings of this series are often characterized by great contrast as a result of varying colors and surfaces. However, the final product is an integral composition that in its totality produces the changing visual experiences.

Left: Suzan Frecon, Dark red cathedral (tre), 2014, Oil on panel / Right: Suzan Frecon, Lapis ordering adjacent blues, 2014, Oil on panel
Left: Suzan Frecon, Dark red cathedral (tre), 2014, Oil on panel / Right: Suzan Frecon, Lapis ordering adjacent blues, 2014, Oil on panel

Suzan Frecon at David Zwirner Gallery

The oil paintings and sun exhibition will be the first solo show of the works by Suzan Frecon at David Zwirner Gallery. Parallel with the exhibition itself, a fully illustrated catalogue will be published by David Zwirner Books, featuring an essay by the art critic David Cohen. This exhibition is indeed a must-see event for all the art lovers who find themselves in New York at that time. The show oil paintings and sun, with the new works by Suzan Frecon, will be opened on February 19th, and it will be on view until March 28th, at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York.

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Suzan Frecon, Embodiment of red (orange) [detal], 2013, Oil on linen
Suzan Frecon, Embodiment of red (orange) [detal], 2013, Oil on linen
All Images courtesy of the David Zwirner Gallery.

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