Top left: Serenity, Oil on Canvas, 30x40
Top right: All Mixed Up, Oil on Canvas, 24x16
2nd Row from Top, from left to right:
Madison, Digital Art, 18x24 or 24x36
Expressions in Green and Yellow, Oil on Canvas, 20x20
Heart Strings, Oil on Canvas, 30x30
3rd Row from Top, from left to right:
Whirlwind, Oil on Canvas, 30x33
Rooftops, Digital Art, 18x24 or 24x36
Bottom: Susan Levin in her studio
"As with fine wine or a delicious meal, I want my work to evoke emotion; to take you on a sentimental, intoxicating journey, as I was on creating each piece." – Susan Levin
Susan Levin’s Abstract Expressionist paintings dance before your eyes in vibrant color and playful movement, complementing each other and everything around them. Inspired by her natural love for life, Levin’s paintings resonate with humor, authenticity and fun, not to mention the love and passion each image portrays for the subject, image or experience she so freely and readily expresses through her work. Equally inspiring are the stories she tells behind each title, giving that much more insight into the influences behind each image. Levin dabbled in art throughout her childhood, taking classes in painting, wood working and pottery. But, it wasn't until 2005 that an epiphany hit her through the form of a dream.
"In March of 2005, I had a very powerful dream. It was so powerful, that when I woke up, I was filled with excitement. It directed me to go to the art store and buy everything that I needed to start painting, and that's what I did!"
Levin has been painting up a storm ever since. She works hard to create pieces that evoke emotion and conversation. In 2011, Levin added digital photography to her creative repertoire. When she is not painting, she is taking photographs of the landscape, architecture and people around her. Her digital photographs are equally expressive, vibrant and as real as her paintings.
“While my paintings and photographs are an expression of my moods, they are also an abstract interpretation of real life experiences. I interpret my dreams and often paint what I dream and I embellish my photos with the use of the computer."
Levin's work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows throughout galleries in Connecticut, Washington DC and Maryland, where she lives and works. Her art has been featured in several editions of the American Art Collector and the Washington Project for the Arts, as well as in online competitions and shows.
This winter, Levin’s work will be featured in a solo exhibition at Sotheby’s International Realty in Sag Harbor, New York. The Exhibition is entitled Season of Love: An Exhibition of Original Abstract Expressionist Paintings and Digital Photographs Celebrating Love.
The title of the show is Season of Love because the pieces all reflect Susan Levin’s own philosophy in life and as it is expressed through her work.
"Some people can only love other people. For me, I can love a lot of different things. I can love a person, an action, a painting, a gorgeous day or just be in love....This Valentine's Day is no different than any other day, but it is a day about love and passion and intrigue.
My life is filled with more valentine's than I could have ever imagined. My body and soul goes into each piece and each of my paintings is done with love and passion, and at times, a glass of wine in hand.
There is synergy in life...as in all things. I suggest taking the time to reflect and celebrate the holiday and each and every day with love and passion so that life doesn't become stale and insignificant, but rather powerful and with a sense of calm that can bring beauty into your home.
There will be an opening reception for the show on Thursday, February 13th from 5:30-8:30pm at Sotheby’s International Realty, 7 Spring Street, Sag Harbor, New York. The show will be up from February 7th through May 11th and is open seven days a week from 10am-4pm.
Creating new work is a form of playing and designing what is often clearly before my eyes and sometimes what is simply perceived through the lens. It is that combination of being acutely aware and having the ability to clarify what is right before me that makes me passionate about art and love what I do."
Article and information by Lisa E. Freedman