A Painting Exhibiton by local artist Suzanne Anan

On Friday, July 6th , art629 Gallery, located at 629 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, will host an opening party featuring the paintings of Suzanne Anan. Also Open for FIRST SATURDAY, July 7th. Suzanne will be present both dates. The show closes Sunday, July29th.


Suzanne Anan is an American artist who creates figurative compositions primarily reflecting women as her subject. She creates in all mediums, but prefers the unpredictable results that painting serves to project the humility and vulnerability created with every stroke of oil onto canvas. Her work is inspired by great works of poetry and literature, and her raw material comes from real life and musings. These evocative images resonate moods and memories and question what it means to feel human.

Anan’s work has recently been shown in a group exhibition at the 80WSE Gallery in New York and this month will be included in a contemporary portrait exhibition in Lecce, Italy featuring the work of Andy Warhol and Xiao Lu.

Her work was selected this past March for the Artour-O Exhibition in Florence, Italy. Her latest work, “Venetian Red” measuring 66×40 inches was inspired from her visits to Venice, Italy. She incoporates images from Piazza San Marco and the Carnival mask of the sly and cunning, “Zanni” character from the Commedia dell’arte.

Her work titled “Hard Work Never Killed Anyone” was awarded the President’s Award in 2011, by juror Shiva Amadi for a National Women’s Arts Exhibition titled “From Our Perspective.”

Anan’s work was selected by juror, Daniel Shay of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. for a National Arts Exhibition in 2011, titled “Strokes of Genius” for her painting titled “Ain’t I A Woman?” She received an award of Merit for her work.

Suzanne’s work titled “The Most Of It”, inspired by a poem written by Robert Frost was recognized by David Grant, the former President of the Dodge Poetry Foundation.

Anan’s work was exhibited with forty-six artists from thirty-one countries in an International Art Exhibition in Florence, Italy in November 2010 and then in May 2011 in Ferrara, Italy at the Castello Estense to bring public awareness to Human Rights issues.

Suzanne studied abroad in Venice, Italy in an international program directed by Angiola Churchill and received her Master’s Degree of Art from New York University and a Bachelors of Fine Art from Kean University. She continues her study at the Arts Students League of New York. Her artwork has been featured and sold in international exhibitions and in local galleries, donated to several non-profit organizations, and commissioned by large corporations such as Johnson and Johnson and The Newark Museum. Her work has been recently added to the private collection of Sir Paul McCartney and Lady Nancy in Sussex, England.

She designed numerous award winning pieces for clients such as The Newark Museum and the State Theatre of New Jersey. She volunteers for several non-profit organizations as a designer and educator; including The Newark Museum, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, State Theatre of NJ, Newark Arts Council, City Without Walls, Aljira, Barart Foundation and La Casa De Don Pedro youth organization. She is a former adjunct professor of Typography and Editorial Design at Kean University’s Robert Busch School of Design, and the former Vice President of the Art Directors Club. She is in the process of obtaining Artist Membership at the Salmagundi Club, New York and she is an Artist Member of the American Artists Professional League of New York.

For more information on Suzanne Anan, visit her website at www.suzanneanan.com, or email at: suzanan@verizon.net