Susan Swartz Studios is pleased to present Sunflowers, an exhibition of vibrant, textural works that embody the warmth, energy, and beauty of summer. With each changing season, Swartz finds inspiration in the shifting light, colors, and textures she observes in the natural world. Through her work, Swartz celebrates the beauty of nature, and in doing so, she calls attention to its fragility and the urgent need for its conservation.

 

Named after Swartz's Sunflowers series, the exhibition showcases a selection of recent work inspired by the landscapes surrounding Swartz’s home studios in Martha's Vineyard and Park City.

  • Swartz enjoys tending to her gardens each summer where she finds renewed inspiration in the flowering abundance. From the blooms, to the delicate stems and leaves, to the petals after rain, her gardens never cease to spark new experiments in the studio. With each series, Swartz explores unique ways of seeing through varying techniques and materials. 

  • The titular Sunflowers series incorporates dried natural elements including flora, herbs, seeds, grasses, and sunflowers. Real sunflower heads are prominently featured, highlighting their dark, circular discs and showy, yellow rays. The series is a continuation of Evolution of Nature, which similarly integrates natural elements and acrylic to create opulent yet playful sculptural surfaces, connecting Susan’s personal journey toward optimal health with the powerful benefits of nature. 

  • Sunflowers 5, 2023
    60 x 60 in
    152.4 x 152.4 cm
  • 'I am so curious about nature. Whether it's raining or the sun is out or the fog comes in. If...

    "I am so curious about nature. Whether it's raining or the sun is out or the fog comes in. If there is a thunderstorm, then the sun comes out and the air feels so fresh. Those are the feelings that I try to get into my paintings. So I am constantly inspired. I don't think I ever felt like I don't know what to do. I feel like there is always the next day, something to explore next. So I don't feel I've ever gotten stuck. Maybe stuck in a painting. But never with the big question of what I want to be."

    - Susan Swartz

  • In the Rhapsody series, Susan works with a reductive palette, accentuating deep emotional connection with singular colors. The monochromatic series builds upon strong contrasts highlighting the rectangular canvas geometry and organic acrylic swirls. Susan sees the use of singular color as an opportunity to provide more visibility to textural movement, allowing the viewer to cycle through emotions and experiences; absorbing, or being absorbed by the influence of color.  

    • Rhapsody Understudy 12, 2023 18 x 24 in 45.7 x 61 cm
      Rhapsody Understudy 12, 2023
      18 x 24 in
      45.7 x 61 cm
    • Rhapsody Understudy 14, 2023 18 x 24 in 45.7 x 61 cm
      Rhapsody Understudy 14, 2023
      18 x 24 in
      45.7 x 61 cm
    • Rhapsody Understudy 13, 2023 24 x 20 in 61 x 50.8 cm
      Rhapsody Understudy 13, 2023
      24 x 20 in
      61 x 50.8 cm
  • “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is...
    Rhapsody Immersed 4, 2022
    30 x 30 in
    76.2 x 76.2 cm

    “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”

    - Wassily Kandinsky

  • Celestial Blues 21, 2023
    72 x 48 in
    182.9 x 121.9 cm
  • Shimmering Impressions 14, 2022
    48 x 60 in
    121.9 x 152.4 cm
    • Sunflowers 1, 2023 24 x 48 in 61 x 121.9 cm
      Sunflowers 1, 2023
      24 x 48 in
      61 x 121.9 cm
      Reserved
    • Sunflowers 4, 2023 24 x 48 in 61 x 121.9 cm
      Sunflowers 4, 2023
      24 x 48 in
      61 x 121.9 cm
      Reserved
  • Alongside two works from the Sunflowers series hangs Spring Muse 3. This painting is a celebration of the exhilarating colors derived from the thaw after a long winter.  The surface appears monochromatic at a distance, revealing complexities of color and depth from a closer perspective.   

  • Spring Muse 3, 2015
    48 x 72 in
    121.9 x 182.9 cm
  • The Rhythm of Nature series is distinguished by its tight, repetitive, staccato-like texture. This new technique yields paintings topped with acute, distinct qualities reminiscent of scales – both musical and aquatic in definition. The series utilizes minimalistic color pallets with broad strokes, sweeping and scraping in soft focus. Swartz finds inspiration for both her artistic texture and color in the natural environment and in the atmospheric elements of classical music. 

    • Rhythm of Nature 3, 2023 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Rhythm of Nature 3, 2023
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Rhythm of Nature 2, 2023 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Rhythm of Nature 2, 2023
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Rhythm of Nature 6, 2023 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Rhythm of Nature 6, 2023
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Rhythm of Nature 4, 2023 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Rhythm of Nature 4, 2023
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
  • In the Nature Revisited series, Swartz uses various objects and tools to create botanical impressions. Imprinting onto thickly layered paint,...
    Nature Revisited 61, 2018
    30 x 30 in
    76.2 x 76.2 cm

    In the Nature Revisited series, Swartz uses various objects and tools to create botanical impressions. Imprinting onto thickly layered paint, she depicts a truthful representation of florals and botanicals. This process yields delicate pieces with fine lines and graceful colors serving as memories of the seeds, stems, and petals in the gardens surrounding her home studio.

  • Untitled 025, 2013
    48 x 72 in
    121.9 x 182.9 cm
  • Blooming 9 is inspired by nature’s cyclical elements - from winter’s resurfacing to spring pollination. Crackling textures are embedded with botanical elements, seeds, and other dried properties across a contrasting vibrant background.  Adjacent, limited edition black and white giclée prints are suspended in front of a raw concrete wall providing natural elegance and serenity.  

  • Susan's largest piece from the landmark Evolution of Nature series pops next to Natural Flux 102, a painting that is almost entirely white aside from minimal gray accents that highlight the frosty texture.

  • Evolution of Nature 25, 2022
    72 x 120 in
    182.9 x 304.8 cm
  • Natural Flux 102, 2018
    72 x 72 in
    182.9 x 182.9 cm
  • A grid of 12x12” paintings neighbor in a linear format. In combining Swartz’s series such as Emerging Bouquet, Petals & Pollen, Rhapsody, and Synthesis, thick swirls, petal drops, and pastel hues tell a story of lush gardens. Swartz explores decadently thick textures as well as delicately arranged natural elements. Real sunflowers appear again in Sunflowers 6, and tender slices of dried apple in Botanical Embrace resemble blooming florals.  

    • Rhapsody Immersed 2, 2022 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Rhapsody Immersed 2, 2022
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Sold
    • Nature's Resurgence 9, 2021 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Nature's Resurgence 9, 2021
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Petals & Pollen 7, 2019 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Petals & Pollen 7, 2019
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Emerging Bouquet 32, 2020 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Emerging Bouquet 32, 2020
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Sunflowers 6, 2023 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Sunflowers 6, 2023
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Petals & Pollen 28, 2021 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Petals & Pollen 28, 2021
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Reserved
    • Petals & Pollen 18, 2020 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Petals & Pollen 18, 2020
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Synthesis 25, 2021 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cms
      Synthesis 25, 2021
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cms
    • Emerging Bouquet 22, 2020 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Emerging Bouquet 22, 2020
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Rhapsody Understudy 20, 2023 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Rhapsody Understudy 20, 2023
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Petals & Pollen 10, 2019 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Petals & Pollen 10, 2019
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
    • Botanical Embrace, 2022 12 x 12 in 30.5 x 30.5 cm
      Botanical Embrace, 2022
      12 x 12 in
      30.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Emerald Blue, 2021
    60 x 36 in
    152.4 x 91.4 cm
    • Nature's Bouquet 32, 2019 36 x 18 in 91.4 x 45.7 cm
      Nature's Bouquet 32, 2019
      36 x 18 in
      91.4 x 45.7 cm
    • Splendid Day, 2007 30 x 30 in 76.2 x 76.2 cm
      Splendid Day, 2007
      30 x 30 in
      76.2 x 76.2 cm
  • 'The nature of this flower is to bloom.' - Alice Walker
    Emerging Bouquet 45, 2020
    24 x 12 in
    61 x 30.5 cm

    "The nature of this flower is to bloom."

    - Alice Walker
  • At the back of the gallery hangs Nature’s Bouquet 19, a vision of flowers emerging before a field of vivid green with strong vertical striations and globs of tenacious color. This piece pairs well with adjacent Emerging Bouquet 45 as it pulls accents in a light-hearted conversation of purples and greens.

  • Nature's Bouquet 19, 2019
    48 x 72 in
    121.9 x 182.9 cm
  • In all of Swartz’s work, lush textures and brilliant color are a focus when expressing her internal landscape. Swartz paints to communicate her mission - that the natural world and all its beauty needs to be cherished, shared, and protected.

     

    Swartz's paintings have been featured in major solo exhibitions at Galerie Noack in Berlin; the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing; the Manetti Shrem Museum at UC Davis in California; the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg; the Ludwig Museum in Budapest; the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz; Kollegienkirche in Salzburg; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City; and the Springville Museum in Springville, Utah. Her work is featured in numerous private and public collections around the world. She is represented by Jason McCoy Gallery in New York City. Swartz paints from studios in Park City and Martha’s Vineyard.

     

    Visit Susan Swartz Studios at 260 Main Street in Park City, open 12-7PM daily.