PMW GALLERY


BENTON, SUZANNE

1
DANCING TREES ONE
2001
Oils & gold leaf on gessoed paper
31 x 36"





2
THE FAMILY
2001
Oils on gessoed foam board
24 x 35"




3
TREES AND THE GOLD BORDER
2001
Pastel and mixed media
17 x 14"




4
SILVER TREES
2001
Mixed media
17 x 14"





5
FOUR TREE TOWERS
2001
4 boxes
12 x 5 x 5" approx.




6
TREE TOPS
2001
Mixed media
16 x 16"




7
TREES AT SUNSET
2001
Oil on canvas
6 x 8"





8
CONNECTICUT POND IN WINTER
1999
Oils on gessoed paper
47 x 40"





9
AUTUMN MIST
1998
Oil on canvas
20 x 24"





10
MORNING BLUE
1999
Acrylic
41 x 47 ¾"





11
SUN AND SHADOW
2001
Oils & gold leaf on gessoed paper
39 1/2 x 31 ¼"





12
THE SINGLE TREE
2001
Mixed media on vellum
24 x 19"





13
THREE BLACK TREES
2001
Mixed media on vellum
24 x 19"







14
TREES DANCING AT DUSK
Mixed media triptych
48 ¼ x 72"




15
MISTY ROAD
2001
Oils on gessoed paper
32 ½ x 36 ½"




16
THE BLACK TREE DIPTYCH
2002
India ink

49 x 19"






17
ANNU
2001
Charcoal on vellum
24 x 19"




18
COPPER TREES
2001
Mixed media on vellum
24 x 19"




19
CROSSING PATHS
2001
Oil on canvas board
24 x 18"




20
ROLAND
2001
Mixed media Portrait Box
11 5/6 x 9 3/4 x 2 7/8"






21
SUN & SILVER TREES
2001
Oils on gessoed foamboard
24 1/8 x 24"




22
Diane
2001
Mixed media, Portrait Box
9 ½ x 9 7/8 x 3"




24
SPRING ROAD
2001
Oil on canvas
30 x 24"




25
TREE LINED PATH
2001
Pastel on canvas paper
10 ½ x 11 ½"






26
BURNING TREE
1999
Mixed media
20 ¾ x 8 x 8"





27
THE OPENING
1998
oil on canvas
24 x 20"




28
TREES AND SHADOWS
2001
Mixed media
17 x 14"




29
ROAD ANGEL
2001
Oil on canvas board
24 x 18"




30
TREES DANCING AT SUNSET
2001
Acrylic on paper
16 ¾ x 14"




31
MOTHERS OF ISRAEL
1976
Bronze cast
17 x 18 ½ x 3"




32
THE LONG ROAD
2001
Oil on canvas board
24 x 18"




33
MOON OVER THE ORCHARD
2001
Oil on canvas
14 x 11"




34
PATHWAY
2001
Oil on canvas board
24 x 20"




35
WINTER TREE OVERLAY
2002
Mixed media on vellum sheets
24 x 19"




36
OPEN FIGURE
1998
Sheet bronze
72 x 25 x 16"




37
TRACE OF GREEN
2002
Mixed media
9 ½ x 12"






ARTIST'S STATEMENT

From Painting to Painting is an exhibit of paintings and portrait boxes from the newest chapter of my work. Few people know that I was a painter of trees (see Autumn Burst, acrylic on paper, 1959), landscapes, abstracts, and imaginary portraits with surrealist tendencies until I moved to Ridgefield in 1965. I then went to the Silvermine College of Art (now the Silvermine Guild Art Center) to study welded sculpture while my home studio was in construction. That course carried me on to 30 + years as a metal sculptor, mask maker, performance artist, and, as of 1982, a printmaker using metal shapes as the basis for my plates. I never imagined my metal (see Mariner, Mothers of Israel and Fractured Figure) and mixed media sculpture along with a proclivity for interaction (with masks) would find resonance in 28 countries. Printmaking with the collage element, chine colle, brought me back to two dimensions, but the return journey to painting that now so excites me took many years. In the interim, I created 850 sculpture works, 50 mask tales, and over 1000 monoprints with chine colle. The blank space finally beckoned me in 1993. After four months in India on a Fulbright, I went to the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland. I knew that there would be no facility for welding or printmaking and instead made pastel portraits of the artists-in- residence at the center. I continued on with portraits while in Kenya, Tanzania and England. Then, Harvard students posed for me while I was resident artist at Adams House in 1997. I had moved into making portrait boxes in Spain at Fundacion Valparaiso (1996, 1998). The first one was based on a sketch of a Bosnian child that I had drawn in Bosnia where I was leading mask and story workshops (1996) just before my first residency at the Fundacion. The Annu, Diane, and Roland portrait boxes in this exhibit were made later in 2001. New environments spur my important work transitions. A ten-week artist residency at Weir Farm (1998-1999), a mere ten minutes from my Ridgefield home, came with a 1000 square foot studio. It was an ideal environment for painting. I was surrounded by 300 acres of woods and peaceful quiet. I followed the tradition of Thoreau with daily walks in the woods and went sketching along the way much as Alden Weir had done. J Watching the sun moving in its daily cycle through the trees also proved inspirational. Autumn Mist and The Opening, oils of canvas; Morning Blue and Weir Pond in Winter, oils on gessoed paper; and Trees Dancing at Dusk, oil and pastel on plaster and gessoed foam board are some of the works from that period in this show. During the summer of 2001, a month at the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, NY gave the time for morning walks, all day painting and portrait box making in the studio allotted to me (see Road Angel, Family and Spring Road to name a few). I am now established in my new path and have gone round robin by turning my Ridgefield welding studio into an active painting studio. As Patsy Whitman was curating this exhibition, I took Autumn Burst out from a hidden cache of early work (1959). Then looking again at the most recent work chosen for the exhibition, Trees on Vellum, we saw that my signature style of expressive trees began in Newtown, CT in 1958. That was the starting point that hindsight now proves prophetic.

Suzanne Benton 2002










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