Inspired by nature and topography, Susan McAlister uses her abstract approach to landscape painting to challenge the viewer’s sense of place and time. Relishing the freedom of mark-making, Susan combines layers of paint, wax, marble dust and graphite to produce textured, energetic abstract works. Her most recent body of work takes inspiration from old growth forests. Based in Charlotte NC, Susan received her BA from Davidson College, has studied with respected professional artists and at London’s Central St Martins School of the Arts. Her work is exhibited widely in the South East and has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions.
My work is rooted in a love of land and place.
By translating everyday views into uninhabited environments, I seek to challenge the viewer’s sense of place and time. Reality breaks apart and is replaced by a wild and tangled nature. Imagined combines with the real, abstraction with representation.
Materials are central to each painting. I combine layers of paint, wax, marble dust, dirt and graphite to simultaneously construct and deconstruct. I have an affinity for mark-making and the freedom of the Abstract Expressionists. I allow each work to resolve at different levels of abstraction with the ultimate goal of luring the viewer into a personal sense of place and experience.
2014 Studies with Artist Eric Aho, Vermont
2014 Anderson Ranch Snowmass, CO Studies with Annie Lapin
2013 Summer Studies at University of the Arts London Central St Martins
2011 Studies with Florence Academy of Art Jordon Sokol and Jura Bedic
2011 Studies with Artist Eric Aho
2010 Studies with Artist Dennis Sheehan, American Tonalist Painter
2005 Davidson College, B.A.
Southpark MagazineJuly, 2015. Big Draws. Local Artists -From Painters To A Slam Poet- Who Are Commanding Our Attention. <Susan McAlister.pdf>
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The Art Edge. Brian Sherwin. http://theartedge.faso.com/blog/89668/some-thoughts-about-abstract-painting-part-1
Atlantan Magazine. December 2014. Fresh Faces of Anne Irwin Fine Art.
Fine Art Views January 27, 2013 http://faso.com/fineartviews/55296/faso-featured-artists-artist-susan-mcalister
The Scout Guide June 28, 2013. http://thescoutguide.com/blog/
The Scout Guide Blog July 19, 2013 http://charlotte.thescoutguide.com/blog/
The Daily Progress Charlottesville, VA May 23, 2014 Art Notes C3
Visual Art Exchange. SCOPE: The Southern Landscape Exhibit. June 13, 2014 http://clicks.skem1.com/preview/?c=569&g=5156&p=e110a394407d6e6f9f0a1f2428751e96&utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VAEWeeklyEnews6/13/14