In the recent Manhattan Arts International juried exhibition “The Healing Power of ART 2016”, I chose Suzan Fox as one of only three artists to receive The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS Featured Artist Award.
Her winning painting is titled “Resurrection”, a superb example of a small and intimate painting that has the power to communicate a poignant universal statement. It is a compelling self-portrait which she created after her battle with cancer. Like all of Fox’s paintings it reflects the artist’s extraordinary use of symbolism and technical prowess to evoke an emotional response. She gently encourages viewers to relate, reflect and explore their deepest feelings.
When Fox submitted her entries to the juried exhibition she wrote: “The paintings I have entered evolved after my battle with breast cancer. Today, as I look at the long term, these paintings represent a very short chapter in my history. There surely is healing in the power of art!”
She is one of few artists who excel in egg tempera, a very challenging medium, and she has been exhibiting and winning awards since 1999. The artist recalls, “My interest in egg tempera actually began when I was a child. I observed my aunt, painter and illustrator, Lorraine Fox, mixing pigments with egg yolk. It fascinated me. From that point on it was always in my head to try this strange concoction!”
Art With A Point of View, Fantasy and Whimsy
The artist has a strong background as an illustrator which is reflected in her narrative paintings. Her unique creative approach is to use her “cast of characters”, that includes herself and members of her family, dogs, birds and fairies, and transform them into important statements about the environment, nature or politics. She expresses a point of view with a strong dose of fantasy and whimsy.
The artist explains, “When I paint I want to draw the viewer into the story. You wonder…what’s going on in there. Each time you look, you notice something new. Get lost in it, crawl into a nest, walk in the grass, knock on the castle door!”
Her Outstanding Career Achievements
Suzan Fox attended Paier and Silvermine art schools in Connecticut. Prior to becoming a full-time artist she worked in fashion illustration and advertising, and did freelance work for major comic strips and comic books. She studied egg tempera with Koo Schadler.
She has won numerous awards and honors. In 2015, her painting, “What If… “was featured in Still Point Arts Quarterly, a publication showcasing artists and writers. Her paintings are also featured in the 2016 publication, Art Compass. Since 2009 she has been teaching an Introduction to Egg Tempera course at the Gallery on the Green in Canton, Connecticut. She is a member of several arts organizations including a signature member in the North East Watercolor Society.
About Egg Tempera
Egg tempera is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk. Paintings created in this medium last a long time. Examples from the First centuries AD still exist today.
Fox enjoys the challenge this medium provides. “I love that connection to the past. Starting from scratch and mixing pigments with yolk.”
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