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SUZIE BUCHHOLZ

There is a bold softness about Suzie's work- a rich combination of grit and grace. Part celebration, part meditation, her paintings are whimsical, joyful, vibrant and spontaneous.

Suzie Buchholz merges an abstract visual vocabulary and idiosyncratic sense of color to capture those fleeting memories and poignant experiences of life.  These passing ruminations are transformed into unexpected, emotive atmospheres within the canvas. Spontaneous scribbles melt into soft edged geometric color fields with a bold softness. Assertive primary hues of blue and red coalesce into steely grays and muted earth tones, a vivid color system of the artist’s own imagination.

Buchholz has always found meaning in pushing her own physical limits, whether through running, hiking, cycling, or backpacking. It is no surprise then that she should encounter the empty canvas with the same kinetic vigor, building a painterly surface only to tear it down; piling, scraping, and stripping paint to forge an uncanny symphony of colors and forms from her chaos driven process. The gritty, contradictory sensations of everyday life are elegantly melded into singularly evocative images. The longer you look, the more they emerge.

A San Francisco Bay Area painter, sculptor and installation artist, Buchholz studied painting at Atelier du Soleil in Aix-en-Provence, France, and holds a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe, including Galerie Ruban Vert in Aix-en-Provence, France, Colorida Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal,  Galerie Mani in Berlin, Germany and Galleria di Biblioteca in Pienza, Italy. A multimedia installation “Pills for Parents” was exhibited at Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, and was part of the Zero1 Biennial. Her work is the collections of Djerassi Foundation, Presidio of San Francisco, Bay Area Discovery Museum, and numerous corporate and private collections.

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