Suzanna Fields Opening Reception

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  • Date: 12 May 2016

  • Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Please join Quirk and Main Gallery artist, Suzanna Fields for the opening reception of Suzanna’s newest show, Inside Out on Thursday, May 12 from 5 to 8 pm. This exhibit will continue through July 3, 2016.

For the exhibition Inside Out, Suzanna Fields made a series of framed works on paper that share the following characteristics: large vertical works at a human scale, a loose gestural drawing process as a starting point, and a black and white palette with color economically incorporated into each painting as it progressed. One goal was to explore a conversation between the gestural black and white mark-making and Fields’ more layered and idiosyncratic systems in her work of the last several years. Pairing these two ways of working changes the space of these paintings. The contrast between the visible hand in mark-making and the dense, repeated organic forms reinforces the content of the work. The work layers dense pools that seem to have coagulated over the immediate, direct painting brushwork and drips,  creating a conversation between figure and ground. A part of the artist’s job is to disrupt their own process, and the path they know, to find out what is gained in the getting lost.  Also included in the exhibition are select smaller works that delineate and inform these ideas about time and process in the large-scale paintings series.

Suzanna Fields was born in Abingdon, Virginia and  resides and works in Richmond, Virginia.   She is an artist whose work has ranged from large site specific installations to sculptures comprised of only paint. Her current works consist of  ink and acrylic abstractions panel on panel and synthetic paper. Exhibitions include the New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC, the Laurel Rogers Museum of Art Laurel, MS, The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, Hattiesburg, MS,  the Weatherspoon Museum of Art , Greensboro,  NC, the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
in Roanoke, VA, Heurich Gallery, Washington, DC, Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC , Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach.

Suzanna has been recognized in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, New American Paintings, Art Papers Magazine, the Atlanta Constitution Journal, the Roanoke Times, and the Richmond Times Dispatch.  Honors include a Liquitex Purchase prize, a Bethesda Contemporary Painting Award,  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts a Fellowship and finalist recognition for the Trawick Prize.

Her work is in the collection of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, the corporate collections of Capital One, Philip Morris, and Retail Data LLC as well as private collections, including Shepard and Amanda Fairey, Kathie and Stephen Markel and Bill and Pam Royall.

Suzanna holds an MFA  from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond VA, and BA’s in Art and English from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA.