Suzanne McClelland

Yesterday we talked about the idea that “music is like painting in time”, so today I wanted to feature the reverse of the jazz musician using art to transform his compositions, with an artist who says simply, “I’m interested in the sounds and tones of phrases and how that plays out on canvas.”

New York artist SUZANNE MC CLELLAND marries masculine brushstrokes with feminine vocabulary by transforming the sounds of words into a visual language known as Abstractionism.

Heap of Yellow, 2010
polymer and oil on canvas

Suzanne’s trademark scattered lettering, dense curves and fluid arabesques are applied to expansive exhibition walk-in paintings and even uniquely crafted wallpapers to great affect. And words that are used to describe women, like bombshell and vamp, are often scribbled amongst the forced lines on her canvases, but interpreting the message, or figure of speech, is left completely up to the viewer.

Lullaby #50 Blue Lies at Sunrise, 2006
monotype with acrylic and collage

What does it say? What does it mean? For me, that is the genius in abstract art because the interpretation allows for an internal explanation that only you can figure out. Obviously, I love Suzanne’s work, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite paintings with you, in the hopes that you will become a “fan” of Suzanne’s too.

Zero, 2010
on linen on board

Deep Purple Heap, 2010
polymer and oil on canvas

Lullabies Impressions in February, 2001
on velour

Toy, 2010
polymer and oil on canvas

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