Susan A. Davis

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Grew up there and in neighboring parts of New Jersey.  Currently resides in the town of Rutherford in Bergen County.

Began undergraduate study at Livingston College of Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 1970.  Studied watercolor, figure drawing and printmaking in the academic year 1972-73 at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Berne, Switzerland.  Began painting large figurative canvases in oils.

BA in Fine Arts, Art History and Anthropology from Rutgers in 1974.  While at Rutgers, studied figure drawing with Lloyd McNeill and painting with Leon Golub and Andy Sichel, silkscreen with Stephen Procuniar, sculpture with Robert Cooke, and art history with George Nelson Preston and Adele Starensier.  Lithography workshops at Montclair State College and Paterson State College and further studio study in figure drawing at Art Students League in NYC in the same period.

Subsequent course work in contemporary art and feminism with Lawrence Alloway, and printmaking with Mavis Pusey in the mid-seventies at Stony Brook University.  Graphic work shown in various exhibitions there, including the 1975 show “Woman’s Work”. Experimented with graphic abstract work on blueprint paper, and graphite stick and spray paint on rolled rice paper through lattice-work objects, including lace.  Large-scale paintings in acrylic on canvas.

In 1996 started working primarily in pastel on paper, continuing the aesthetic of the mid-seventies work, which may be traced to post-New-York-School abstraction and color-field painting.  In 2015 began working in oil pigment with wax (R&F Pigment Sticks) on board.

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