Preview: Susan Jane Walp at Tibor De Nagy

In the past few weeks I’ve received a slew of emails with images and press releases for shows that open next week, so I thought I’d post a few images from exhibitions that have caught my eye. First up is Susan Jane Walp, who is having her fifth solo show at Tibor De Nagy this month. Her still life paintings on paper conjure both the extraordinary flower paintings that Manet made on his sickbed in 1882, and Morandi’s remarkable still lifes. If anything can coax contemporary painters to use brushes again, perhaps the sensitivity of Walp’s brushwork might do it.

[Image: Susan Jane Walp, Green Grapes in a Turquoise Teacup III, 2013, oil on gessoed paper, 9 x 8 7/8 inches.]

Susan Jane Walp, Gerbera II, 2014, oil on gessoed paper, 12 x 10 inches.

Susan Jane Walp, Glass Vase with Bricks, 2014, oil on gessoed paper, 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches

Susan Jane Walp, Red Cup I, 2012, oil on gessoed paper, 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches.

Susan Jane Walp, Green Grapes in a Turquoise Teacup II, 2013, oil on gessoed paper, 7 1/2 x 8 inches.

Susan Jane Walp, Three Zinnias in a Glass of Water, 2012, oil on gessoed paper, 9 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches.

Susan Jane Walp, Glass Vase with Etruscan Kantharos and Drapery, 2014, oil on gessoed paper, 9 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches.
Susan Jane Walp, Magenta Zinnia in a Black Etruscan Vase, 2015, oil on paper, 10 1/4 x 8 19/40 inches.
Susan Jane Walp, Tangerine, 2015, oil on paper 8 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches.

Susan Jane Walp, Tea Bowl, Bar of Soap, Yellow Cloth, and Knife, 2015, oil on paper, 8 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches.
Susan Jane Walp, Tea Bowl, Photocopy, Cork, and Knife, 2015, oil on paper
9 1/8 x 10 1/8 inches. 

Susan Jane Walp, Two Vases II, 2015, oil on paper, 9 3/4 x 11 1/8 inches.
Susan Jane Walp, Poppy in Black Etruscan Vase, 2015, oil on paper, 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches.

Born in 1948 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Walp attended Mount Holyoke
College and the Brooklyn College MFA program. She has been a resident artist at Skowhegan, and received fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the New York Creative Arts Public Service
Program. She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, since 1998.

“The concentration of working from observation can be similar to a
meditation practice,” Walp said in a 2013 interview with Larry Groff.  “And perhaps with still life even more so than
working from the figure or landscape, because the distractions are
reduced to a minimum, the objects are still, can’t engage you in
conversation, don’t need to take breaks, aren’t subject to changing
weather.”

“Susan Jane Walp: Paintings on Paper,”  Tibor de Nagy, midtown, New York, NY. September 10 – October 17, 2015

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3 thoughts on “Preview: Susan Jane Walp at Tibor De Nagy”

  1. Refreshing to see paintings which seem to evolve from the axiom of painters do not draw, they paint. These are works which only exist from realizing form from using brush and paint. Contrary to Duchamp's bullshit about retinal painting, the attempts here show the concentration of the brain working between the world and the canvas. Keenly observing flowers teaches a person a lot about our world. Here free from digital media, we get what are nice songs or poems about color harmony and simple, and mostly centralized motifs.

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