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Artistic Control and Intuition: Art by Susan Sharp

An abstract painting made with a blend of oil and acrylic paintsUntitled #2, acrylic and oil on MDF panel

Susan Sharp is an artist based in Connecticut. Working with paints and mixed media on panels, Susan creates works that combine the natural behavior of paint with artistic control and intuition.


A painting on paper by Susan Sharp, gouache and graphite on yupo


Susan works in an intuitive fashion with fluid paints which allow the pigments, once applied to the substrate, to flow in whatever natural path gravity takes them. She usually works on wood, MDF or paper, surfaces that have minimal texturing allowing the paint to go even further.


A screen capture of Susan Sharp's art


I enjoy the artist’s choice of color – Susan commonly works with a base of relatively light, less-saturated colors, adding tighter, more deliberate and darker layers in a process that’s as experimental as it is experienced. In most of her works, she leaves obvious evidence of the artist’s hand through highly visible brush marks, made in layers of color that are sometimes slightly translucent. The contrast between the layers of pigment and composition in each work creates really interesting visual tension. In many works, thin lines of dark paint create the look of a form that has been stretched taught across the canvas. 


An abstract painting with straight lines and tones of yellow and greenVoyeur

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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