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Susan Cantrick

Born in: 1952

United States

Biography

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Susan Cantrick is an American abstract painter whose primary interest is in painting as a structured visual response to sub-linguistic thinking. Her paintings are analogs of her pre-verbal perception that aim to be as articulate as possible, crystallizing the vitality and complexity of emergent cognition.
She lives and works in Paris, France

Cantrick came to the visual arts by way of music, which she studied in the U.S. (B.A. Bennington College, M.A. Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD) and practiced, as a violinist, for over 15 years in both the U.S. and France, where she has lived since 1990.

In 1997, facing chronic tendonitis, she transitioned her creative practice from violin to visual art. She has been working from an independent studio in Paris since 2002.

Cantrick spent a winter residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2004.

Cantrick’s essentially modernist painterly techniques, merging the gestural with the hard-edged, are mediated by post-modern digital interventions. Her hybrid practice favors a stylistic eclecticism that can belie its coherent underpinnings.

The various processes she explores in her work combine elements of structure and freedom.
For the last 10 years, she has been painting from digital studies that are generated from photo-fragments of her previous work. The results resemble what she characterizes as “a gamut of genealogies,” paintings that share a common visual ancestry with their predecessors. She recently embarked on the challenge of returning to previously unfinished works, proceeding with new compositions imposed on the already inhabited space. Her various approaches investigate painting as state of mind, process, and object, revealing a connection to ideas about context and the renewal of identity.

Alongside her painting practice, Cantrick creates small-format collages mounted on paper and panel that are often composed of alternate applications of paint and ink-jet printed imagery.

Beyond a love of color and the sensuality of paint, Cantrick’s process is driven and defined by her convictions about painting as a form of visual thinking rather than narration, illustration, or critique. As a painter, she thinks in terms of materializing the moment of her perceptual experience when thoughts begin to cohere but before they formulate themselves into language. Though she has occasionally used literature or photos from her environment as points of departure, specific external stimuli are rarely referenced. At the same time, she is aware of how the body and landscape have influenced her preoccupation with how to manipulate flat pictorial space -- how best to show its ambiguities and exploit its complexities.

In a text for the catalog of a 2013 Paris group exhibition entitled “Crossroads,” Françoise Caille wrote:

“Cantrick’s work is characterized by an off-centered hybrid network of organic and geometric structures that seem to be moving beyond the limits of the picture plane. …A geometry that resists the rigor of classic mathematical figures is organized and then undone, favoring aleatoric forms and playing with the power of color contrasts. Out of the chaos and diversity of these structures emerges, however, a form of spatial anchoring: the compositions are stable, barely yielding to the movements that cross them. The work appears to be a constructive game of working out the best equilibrium amongst the forces at play. Cantrick employs at once an architectural approach and the means of a cubist who decomposes and recreates space, in this case fictive… The space is filled with structural richness, building a totality.”

In September 2013 she received the Art Absolument prize at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris.

Her work has been acquired by ACMIN Vie (Paris) as well as by other private collectors in France, the U.S., and Japan.

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  • Painting Abstract

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Susan Cantrick, Sbc 204, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 204, 2017
100 x 100 cm
Painting

3 748 €

Susan Cantrick, Boston pbble 21, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Boston pbble 21, 2012
30 x 30 cm
Painting

783 €

Susan Cantrick, Sbc 169, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 169, 2013
100 x 100 cm
Painting

3 748 €

Susan Cantrick, Sbc 202, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 202, 2017
37 x 27 cm
Painting

839 €

Susan Cantrick, SBC154, Painting

Susan Cantrick

SBC154, 2013
100 x 81 cm
Painting

3 245 €

Susan Cantrick, SBC195, Painting

Susan Cantrick

SBC195, 2016
73 x 116 cm
Painting

3 412 €

Susan Cantrick, SBC 141, Painting

Susan Cantrick

SBC 141, 2012
100 x 100 cm
Painting

3 748 €

Susan Cantrick, SBC 139, Painting

Susan Cantrick

SBC 139, 2012
130 x 97 cm
Painting

4 699 €

Susan Cantrick, Sbc 203, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 203, 2016
114 x 146 cm
Painting

6 209 €

Susan Cantrick, SBC 159, Painting

Susan Cantrick

SBC 159, 2013
55 x 46 cm
Painting

1 343 €

Susan Cantrick, Sbc 162, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 162, 2013
50 x 61 cm
Painting

1 343 €

Susan Cantrick, Sbc 182, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 182, 2014
100 x 100 cm
Painting

3 748 €

Susan Cantrick, sbc 194, Painting

Susan Cantrick

sbc 194, 2015
100 x 180 cm
Painting

6 545 €

Susan Cantrick, Sbc 149, Painting

Susan Cantrick

Sbc 149, 2013
97 x 130 cm
Painting

4 699 €

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