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Susannah Martin

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Birthplace
New York City

Birth year
1964

Lives in
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Works in
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Website

Schools
New York University, 1986, BS

Representing galleries

Tags
figurative, realism, nudes

Statement


Artists Statement


A few years ago, expanding my repertoire of painting people , I decided to take up the traditional theme of the nude in landscape. My first point of interest was to treat this subject in a contemporary manner by using , for example, a more "photographic" technique of cropping in my compositions as well as strong contrasts of light and "snapshot" or random gestures more typical of photography than of painting. At the same time I am attempting to maintain a tie to the long tradition of the painted nude as an art form through my use of classical painting techniques.

The second and perhaps more important point of interest in persuing this theme is its relevance in our current de-humanized society. I am interested in drawing attention to our relationship to our own bodies in particular and to nature in general. The increasingly disturbed relationship between man and nature is at present what is behind the greatest threats to our well being, as well as our future existence. I have been quite surprised by many peoples discomfort with this work and I believe, considering the long history of the nude as an art form, that this discomfort reflects a lack of balance indicative of our times. I would like to encourage people to be aware of that lack of balance and discomfort and possibly to reflect on the causes of it.

Why must the people be nude? The main reason why I have stripped the people of their clothes is so that I may remove all social indicators such as status, culture, political positions, etc., and exclusively confront the human being in his essential animal form, where he is in fact closest to nature. Likewise I have stripped them of their civilized environment, house, furniture, car, etc. in favour of their original environment. Every article of clothing, accessory, object that we acquire as good consumers, contributes to our idea of identity which we use as a type of protection . Our " stuff " allows us to feel as if we were more than what we really are; mortals . While the stuff may distract us comfortably from our mortality it also defines and separates us from one another. It is the things that we all share, what we have in common, which bring us closer to one another, not our differences. What we all share is our physical presence on this earth, our mortality, and our collective consciousness. That is what I wish to focus on in my work.

1964

Born in New York City,    U.S.A.

 

1982-1986          

Studied at New York     University, N.Y. U.S.A.

 

Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Painting

 

Recipient ; SEHNAP   Scholarship Award

 

Studied under: John Kacere, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Peter Campus

 

1986-1990

 

 

1990-1991

 

1991

 

1991-1993

 

since 1994

 

2000

 

since 2004

 

 

Employment at Sandro La Ferla Backdrops, Inc., New York City, U.S.A.

( Scenic and Mural Painting)

 

Self employment as scenic and mural artist, New York City,U.S.A.

 

Moved to Germany, Berlin

 

Self employment as scenic and mural artist, Berlin

 

Self employment as scenic and mural artist, Frankfurt am Main

 

Birth of daughter Lilian

 

Return to independent figurative painting and portraiture

Solo Exhibitions

 

2012

 

 

2008

 

 

Galerie Stephan   Stumpf,  „ Susannah Martin- Primordial   Tourists „ München, Germany

 

Gallery Schiefenhöfel-Barthel,   Eschborn, Deutschland

„Kinder und andere   Menschen“, Portraits

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

 

2009

 

 

1989

 

 

1987

 

1984

Galerie Stephan   Stumpf, „ Figurative Malerei“, München, Germany

 

Dacia Gallery „ Reflections“, New     York, N.Y., USA

 

Project 30, February Exhibition

 

Monmouth Museum, “ 33rd Juried Competition”, New Jersey, USA

 

Infinity Gallery, “ Lay of the Land- the Terrain in the 21st   Century”,

Los     Angeles, CA, USA

 

Galerie Fishpiece,   Zürich, Switzerland

„Morgeluft und schöne   Maitli“

 

Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, U.S.A.

“ NUDE 3”

 

Gallery Soft-Spot,    New York, U.S.A.

“ Alive “

 

Galerie Marzia Frozen, Berlin, Germany

„ Groß Berlin –   2011“ 

 

ARTPARIS, Grand   Palais, Paris

Saatchionline Top 128

 

Galerie Stephan   Stumpf, München, Germany

“ Die Verführkraft   schöner Kunst”

 

The Monmouth Museum,    New Jersey, U.S.A.

“ 32nd Annual Exhibition”

 

Clatsop     Art Center Gallery, Oregon,    U.S.A.

“ Au Naturel – The Nude in the 21st Century”

 

Museo Civico di Alatri, Alatri,    Italy

„ Contemporary Proposals for Young Collectors“

 

Künstlerverein   Walkmühle,Wiesbaden, Germany

“in between-die Kunst,   erwachsen zu werden”

 

The Hoyt National Drawing and Painting Show

The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania,   U.S.A.

 

Emerging Artists, Loeb Galleries, New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

 

Small  Works, Juried Competition

Washington Square Galleries,   New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

 

Awards   and Prizes

 

2012                   AW Year in Review International   Competition, Finalist

 

2011                  The Monmouth Museum, 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition

                          Juror:   Marion Crzesiak, Director Visual Arts   Center of New Jersey

                           1 Place   Juror Award

 

2009                  Artistwindow, Juried   Competition „ Faces“, 1. Prize Winner

 

Bibliography

 

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2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002

 

 

1998

 

INDA 6, International Drawing Annual, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, USA

 

Masters of Realistic Imagery, Art Domain Verlag, Leizig, Germany

 

Best of Worldwide Portrait + Fugurative Artists Volume 2,

Kenndedy     Publishing, Virginia, USA

 

Creative Quarterly-Journal of Art and Design- CQ 26, Charles Hively,

New York,    USA

 

INPA, International Painting Annual, Manifest Press, Cincinnati, USA

 

SCOPE Art Fair, AW Year in Review 2011, New York, USA

 

 

Manifest Press, “ INPA 2, International Painting Annual”,

Cincinnati,    U.S.A.

 

World Wide Art Books, „ International Contemporary Masters V“

Despina Tunberg, Los   Angeles, U.S.A.

 

Ulrich Goette   Himmelblau, Art Domain Verlag, Leipzig, Germany

„Who´s Who in Visual Art – Vol 2012-2013 „

 

Saatchi Online Magazine, June

„Interview with Susannah Martin“

 http://magazine.saatchionline.com/magazine-articles/artnews/behind-the-canvas-saatchi-online-interview-with-susannah-martin

 

Express Cincinnati,   “ Take it off `Nude´at Manifest Gallery”

Fran Watson, 10 September

 

Women Drawing Women, Online Exhibition, July

 

Architects and Artisans, “ Looking out for the Unknown Artist”,

J.Michael Welton, July

 

Manifest Press, “ Nude 3” Catalogue, September

 

 

Humanitari Magazine, “ Art of the Week by Susannah Martin”,

Leandro Sanchez, July 1

 

Erik Buchheister, Art   Profil,             

„Susannah Martin:   Spiegelung des Menschen“  April

 

Alexandra Heil, AVA   Magazine,

“ Interview mit   Susannah Martin- Die Zukunft der Kunst” April

 

Kim Julia Fuge, Artist   Window, Titel

“ Susannah Martin: Gewinnerin   Faces Kunstwettbewerb” Oktober

 

Dr.Anja   Cherdron-Modig, In Between, Die Kunst Erwachsen zu Werden,

Ausstellungskatalogue,   Mai

 

Grit Weber, Frankfurter   Allgemeine Zeitung,

„ In Between, Die   Kunst Erwachsen zu Werden“, Mai 28

 

Ernst Wegener, Frankfurter   Allgemeine Zeitung,

„Die Keltenfurst hält   Wieder Hof, Schirn Kunsthalle“ re: Kulisse von Susannah Martin, Mai 19

 

 

Julie V.Iovine, New York Times,

“Bunnies are out, Biedermeier is in- New Masters of Mural Painting”

Feb. 12

 

Selected Mural Projects

( see also www.martinbackdrops.de   )

 

 

SEB Asset Management,   Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Commerzbank   Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft mbH, Wiesbaden, Germany

Schufa AG, Wiesbaden,   Germany

Bethmann Bank,   Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Sparkassen   Versicherung, Wiesbaden, Germany

Cafe Gallileo Galilea, Hofheim,    Germany

Museum Höchst AG,   Frankfurt, Germany

La Casa del Habano,   Frankfurt, Germany

Märchenwelt   Kinderzimmer, Frankfurt,Germany

Nardini Boutique,   Berlin, Germany

Motorola   GmbH,Taunusstein, Germany

Restaurant Stella del   Mare, Königswinter, Germany

Restaurant Giardinetto,   New York City, U.S.A.

Schmidt´s Papeterie,   Frankfurt, Germany

Claudia Seltzer Haar   Design, Frankfurt, Germany

Evangelische Mathäus   Gemeinde, Rüsselsheim, Germany

M.Schultz Werbeagentur   AG, Frankfurt,Germany

Restaurant Joe Champs,   Frankfurt Germany

Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Bronfman, New     York City, U.S.A.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burden, New     York City, U.S.A.  

Mr. and Mrs. William Aeder, New     York City, U.S.A.

Karin und Nils   Thompson, Königstein, Germany

Norbert und Bettina   Guthier, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Margarete Childs, New York City, U.S.A.

Selected Private   Collections

 

Lina und Klaus Banke,   Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Janet and James Wilson,    New Jersey, U.S.A.  

Nicole und Henning Heuerding, Frankfurt     am Main, Germany

Simone Draxler, Frankfurt am     Main, Germany

Norah Burden, New York City, U.S.A.

Joshie Jamada, Tokyo,   Japan

Cornelia Sengpiel und   Hermann Prelle, Bad Soden, Germany

Alessandra und Patrick   Hild, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Anke und Robert   Koschitz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Wibke Rumpf, Frankfurt   am Main, Germany

Cecile und Kevin   McGowan, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Hemma und Roland Götz,   Recklingsen, Germany

Ali und Suzanne   Jafari, Frankfurt, Germany

Petra Isenbeck, Hamm,   Germany

Selected Set Design Projects ( see also www.martinbackdrops.de)

                          Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt,Germany

                         Madbox Filmtrick Gmbh, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Kleine Oper Bad Hamburg, Germany

                         Neue Sentimental Film GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Frankfurt Film, Frankfurt, Germany

                         U5 Filmproduktion, Frankfurt, Germany

                         RTL, Hamburg, Germany

                         Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany

                         Bilfinger Berger, Mannheim, Germany

                         Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Blum und Ufer Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Ogilvy Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Michael Conrad und Leo Burnett, Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Young und Rubicam Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany

                         Wirz und Hafner Werbeagentur, Frankfurt, Germany

                         B+B Promotions, Mannheim, Germany

                         Das Werk, Frankfurt, Germany               

                         Das Projekt, Hofheim, Germany

                                               

Recent Exhibits

Susannah Martin participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2012 "Primordial Tourists" Susannah Martin Solo Show
Galerie Stephan Stumpf
 
Feb, 2012 REFLECTIONS
DACIA GALLERY
 
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