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Susan Bee
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens

Media:Painting;
Genre:Figurative;


ARTIST STATEMENT: My paintings highlight my use of black and white film stills, as the pictorial basis of my paintings. The keyed-up colors, energetic patterns and painterly abstractions that also populate these pieces make them psychologically complex. The couples and characters depicted in these works are nearly overwhelmed by tumultuous passages of paint that threaten to separate and engulf the figures. These works are full of tension as well as tenderness. From playful drips and floral patterns to stripes and thick brush strokes, these paintings make palpable a wide range of human emotions. These works address visual complexity, sensuality, dramatic tension, as well as humor. Some of these mid-size oil and enamel paintings dramatize the relationships between male and female characters through the lens of the film noirs and other films of the 1920s, 1940s, and 1950s. Two paintings are derived from stills from the film Raisin in the Sun starring Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier. I am emphasizing the dynamic between the figures. The paintings’ focus is on these relationships and the spaces and emotions that are carved out among the persons that I’m portraying.
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  • Dreamers
    2014
    Oil and enamel on canvas
    24" x 30"

  • Flesh and the Devil
    2015
    24" x 30"
    oil on linen
    This painting is based on a black and white film still from the film "Flesh and the Devil" starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. This is a romantic drama and silent film from 1926. I was in

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