SUSAN SPIES

Susan Spies

Susan Spies, ephemeral, oil on canvas

Susan Spies, Pacific, oil on canvas

Susan Spies, into the sea, oil on canvas

Susan Spies, aurora, oil on canvas

Susan Spies, morning-series, oil on canvas

Susan Spies is an artist living and working in San Francisco. Her abstract paintings are a reflection on the places where man and landscape intersect; cantilevered steel structures that reach across the water, houses built into hillsides, and freeway as it curves along the rolling hills or spans the gaps in between.

From her studio in an old naval shipyard on the edge of San Francisco Bay, the combination of amazing natural vistas and the constructs created to control it are ever present. Her paintings illustrate the notion of vastness, ponder our assertion over it, and capture the experience of land, water, space, time and light.

Susan has exhibited paintings in galleries in northern California, Atlanta, Georgia, and the South of France. Her paintings are included in private and corporate collections across the country. Raised on the east coast, Susan is a graduate of the University of Michigans School of Art.

“My process begins with color, building up layers opacity and translucence to explore the subtleties and range of tone. The complexities and richness supersede the constrained palette.”

~ Susan Spies

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Education

B.F.A. 1992 Studio Art University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
UC Berkeley Extension
San Francisco City College

Residencies

2007 Painting’s Edge, Idyllwild, CA
2006 A.I.R. Vallauris, Vallauris, France
2003 The Cooper Union, New York, NY

Relected exhibitions

2018
stARTup Fair San Francisco
stARTup Fair Los Angeles 2017
“A Sense of Place” Barba Contemporary Art, Palm Springs, CA
stARTup Fair Los Angeles 2015
“Presence”, Gallery Sanchez, San Francisco, CA 2013
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Serenity”, UCSF Women’s Health Center, San Francisco, CA 2012
 “Perspectives in Balance“, Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville,  VA
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2011
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Huff HarringtonFine Art, Atlanta, GA 2010
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Huff HarringtonFine Art, Atlanta, GA 2009
“New Works” Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs,  VA
Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, GA 2008
SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
SloanMiyasato/Michelle Bello Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 2007
“Luminosity” Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
“Life to the Full”, Collaboration, vamiali’s at ReMap [KM] project,  Athens, Greece
“Painting’s Edge”, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA 2006
“Bittersweet” Solo show, Gallerie Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France
“Engineered Constructs: A Minimalist Space” 3 person show, Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA
“Rearranging Reality” Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
“Geometric Deconstruction” California Modern, San Francisco 2005
“30”, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Studio 333, Sausalito, CA 2004
Limn, San Francisco, CA
Embarcadero ArtWalk; juried show; San Francisco, CA
Pieces Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
Red Poppy Art House, invitational show, San Francisco, CA
“MAP: Mission Arts Party” invitational, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA 2003
Limn, San Francisco, CA
Pieces Gallery, Healdsburg, CA
“Summer ’03” Cooper Union Gallery, New York, NY 2002
Limn, San Francisco, CA
SW3, House of Red, invitational show, San Francisco, CA
New Function Old Forms, solo exhibition, Burlingame, CA 2001
“Scrambled Edge”, Emeryville, CA
Recent Works (solo), Fringale Restaurant, San Francisco
San Francisco Open Studios
Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA 2000
“8” Rizzolli Gallery, San Francisco
Recent Works (solo), Infusion, San Francisco
White Tiger Gallery, Nashville, TN 1999
S.T.A.R. Auction, San Francisco
San Francisco Open Studios 1998
San Francisco Open Studios 1997
San Francisco Open Studios 1992
BFA Show, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Bibliography

“Engineered Constructs: A Minimalist Space,” Metro, February 15, 2006
“Concentrating on Color,” San Francisco Examiner, April 13, 2001

Warm Springs Gallery

12 Katydid Trail
Warm Springs, VA 24484

Gallery & Cafe Hours

April 1 – December 31, 2021
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am – 3 pm

 

Eigth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival

September 27 – October 3, 2021

For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.