Opening Saturday, October 3, 2009
Paintings by Suzanne Anan
In this new series, inspired by the writings of poets such as Sir Thomas Wyatt, William Butler Yeats and Pablo Neruda, Suzanne portrays her “Men” rife with an exciting and riotous mixture of subject that are as tempestuous as they are peaceful. These works represent a diversified blend of the “fateful” and a strong feeling that something is about to happen—or has happened.
Anan lived in Venice, Italy while studying abroad for her Masters of Art from New York University. It was there she developed her deep interest and passion for this ominous, yet sensual imagery in a city that continuously changes its appearance with the passing of light and shadow.
These new works 40″x60″ to 80″, are figurative compositions usually much larger than life size. They combine a subtly smooth surface with rich color, drawing inspiration from 17th Century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, painter Will Cotton’s sugary portraits; and by Italian photographer, Paolo Roversi.
The delicate balance of violence and grace has been an ongoing subject in Anan’s work. First showing in Asbury Park in 2004 at the former Rock Paper Scissors Gallery her “Women Series”, anchored in the subconscious, portrayed a dramatic display of paintings created in oil and ink on canvas. There was a sense of drama, with each woman quietly revealing her story of fear and desire.
About the Artist
Suzanne Anan’s education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kean University in the area Visual Communications, as well as a Masters Degree of Art from New York University. Suzanne presently works for The Star-Ledger as a Graphic Designer, she is a former adjunct professor at Kean University in the Department of Design and a volunteer at the NJ State Theatre and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art.
Her artwork has been featured and sold abroad and in local galleries, collected by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, commissioned by the Newark Museum and donated to The Monmouth Medical Foundation for their Labor and Delivery area.