Suzan Frecon | the artist

The artist Suzan Frecon
Born 1941, Mexico, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lives and works in New York, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Whitney Biennial,

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Suzan Frecon paints in two distinct mediums: oil and watercolor. Her oils, which she cites as her true love, are based on rich color and strict geometric form; her watercolors are lighter in tone and more relaxed in shape. Frecon trained in Paris, mostly by "looking at paintings," and currently lives in New York. Frecon's paintings were included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial. She is represented by the Lawrence Markey Gallery and regularly shows her work in Europe.

Frecon grew up in rural Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree from Penn State University, she moved to France where she continued her work and attended the Universite de Strasbourg and L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts. In Europe she had the opportunity to observe and discover the nature of painting first-hand by looking at paintings in museums, rather than looking only at reproductions, as had been the case in her art-history classes. Though she has lived and worked in New York since the 1970s, her abstract paintings first gained recognition abroad. Her first collaboration with Helfenstein took place after he had begun his curatorial career in Bern...

Suzan Frecon’s compositions draw strength from balance and asymmetry. Her oil paintings and watercolours, the latter often made on found Indian ledger paper, are inspired by sources including Romanesque architecture and Nigerian indigo cloth...