Susan English‘s abstract paintings are concerned with color, light, and surface, and explore the properties and possibilities of materials. She has developed her own unique system of pouring paint onto panels to create luminous and evocative surfaces. The New York Times has described her work as “sublime” and “buoyant.”
English’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts and Littlejohn Contemporary in New York, NY and Matteawan Gallery, Theo Ganz Studio, and Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon, NY. Recent group exhibitions include Design, Flow, Interpret, Repeat: Contemporary Abstractions, Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua, NY; Revivify, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NY; Solace, 524 W. 26th Street, New York, NY; Undercurrents, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY; The Big Small Show, The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ; Abstraction: New Modernism, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Currents: Contemporary Abstract Art in the Hudson Valley, Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY; and Far and Wide, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY. English was awarded an artist residency at Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY (2018); a fellowship at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY (2016); She worked as a Teaching Artist at DIA:Beacon, and was a founding member of Collaborative Concepts in Beacon, NY. In 2008 she co-curated (with Jaanika Peerna) Drawing Revealed at the Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. The exhibition included the production of a documentary on artists’ drawing processes. English’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Widewalls Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, Chronogram, Abstract Art Online, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Highlands Current. She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York City and a BA from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. She lives and works in Cold Spring, NY.