Susan Mcalister

  • Selected Works

    Susan Mcalister: Land Patterns
    5 October – 12 November 2017

    Opening with the Artist
    Thursday, October 5, 5 – 7 p.m.

    Distance, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 40 x 60 inches 

    Time, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

    Questions In The Sky, 2016
    Mixed media on canvas, 40 x 50 inches


    Fall & The Wildflowers, 2016
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 40 x 60 inches


    Mountain Remembered, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 40 x 50 inches

    After the Rain, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

    Farewells, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 48 x 52 inches

    Spring and the Cottonwoods, 2017.
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

    The Way, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 42 x 44 inches

    Mythical Morning, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 42 x 48 inches


    Standing Together, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

    Long Shadows / Blue Light, 2016.
    Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

     


    Early Spring Saturday, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 40 x 44 inches


    Grounded I, 2016
    Oil, clay paint, graphite, gold leaf, oil pastel on canvas, 36 x 36 inches


    Violet Shadows, 2017
    Mixed media on paper, 23 x 15 inches

    Evergreen Shadows, 2017
    Mixed media on paper, 23 x 15 inches


    Cerulean I, 2017
    Mixed media on paper,30 x 23 inches Courbet, 2017
    Mixed media on paper, 30 x 23 inches
    Future Birds, 2017
    Mixed media on paper, 48 x 36 inches


    Green Grove II, 2017
    Mixed media on paper,51 x 36 inches


    New Spaces, 2016
    Oil on canvas, 42 x 48 inches


    Blue Movement, 2017
    Oil and mixed media on canvas, 40 x 60 inches

    Spring Forest, 2016
    Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 52 inches


    Night View, 2017
    Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches


    Fall in the Valley, 2017
    Oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

  • Past Exhibitions

    Susan McAlister: Views from the Garden 2015
    21 August – 20 September 2015

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    Twenty!
    9 January – 1 February 2015

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    New Views in Still Life and Landscape
    16 May – 15 June 2014

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  • Biography

    Born and raised in the Hunt Country of Virginia, Susan McAlister received her BA from Davidson College. She has studied alongside numerous acclaimed and professional artists including Herb Jackson and Eric Aho. Her paintings speak to a love of the land and a concern for the spirit of place. The artist has a keen ability to translate sensations into painting. Her lush, often abstracted landscapes are evocative and powerful explorations of her quest for places and things that nurture and inspire. McAlister lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, NC.

    Artist Statement

    Presently, I am exploring how landscape relates to identity. My paintings are discussions about place and land. How geography is woven through past and present. How we visually project topography into our dreams and future. How the physical intertwines with the spiritual.

    My process integrates both representation and abstraction. Layers of paint, wax, graphite and gold leaf combine to simultaneously construct and deconstruct. I’ve an affinity for mark making and the freedom of the Abstract Expressionists. I allow each work to resolve at different levels of abstraction with the ultimate goal of luring the viewer into his or her own sense of place and experience.

    The Garden Series is inspired by recollections of my grandmother Lillian’s garden. It examines how the everyday is in fact extraordinary and profound.

    This Land features a collection of roadside and imaginative wanderings. It considers how we relate to landscape: passerby or participant, owner or sustainer. It is as much an exploration of the heart and soul as it is of diverse territories.

    Of Paradise is inspired by a fascination with historical and cultural concepts of Paradise. I’m intrigued how our hopes construct into a demographic ideal. I wonder how that influences the way we shape and use our everyday landscapes.

     

  • Bibliography

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
    2016
    GreenHill Center for NC Arts. Winter Show Exhibition. Greensboro, NC. Dec 4, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017.
    State of the Arts in Virginia. 2016 Collection. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office. Washington, D.C.
    Made In The South. Hidell Brooks. Charlotte, NC. July 15 – August 31, 2016.
    ArtFields 2016. A South East Juried Art Competion & Festival. Lake City, SC April 22-30, 2016
    The Art of Abstract. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA. Feb. & March, 2016

    2015
    Lost & In Paradise, Hidell Brooks solo exhibit. Charlotte, NC. Sept. 11 – Oct. , 2015.
    Views From The Garden, Les Yeux du Monde solo exhibit. Charlottesville, VA. Aug. 21 – Sept.20, 2015.
    SCOPE, The Southern Landscape, Visual Art Exchange. Raleigh, NC. Juror: Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia Museum of Art. ‘Signed & Dated’ awarded honorable mention.
    Twenty, Les Yeux du Monde. Charlottesville, VA. Jan 9 – Feb 5, 2015.
    Introduction Hidell Brooks Gallery. Charlotte, NC. Jan 9 – Feb 28, 2015.

    2014
    Small Works Show. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA. Dec. 2014.
    Southern Artists Southern Scenes. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA.
    September 19 through Oct 16, 2014.
    SCOPE, The Southern Landscape Exhibit. Visual Art Exchange.
    Raleigh, NC. Juror: Will South, Chief Curator, Columbia Museum of Art
    Les Yeux du Monde. New Visions in Still Life & Landscape.
    Jessie Coles and Susan McAlister. May 16 – June 15 2014. Charlottesville, VA.
    Mint Museum of Art Room to Bloom Auction. Charlotte, NC.
    ArtFields 2014, Southeastern Juried Art Fair. April 25- May 4.
    Celebrate Latin, Charlotte Latin School Art Auction. January 25, 2014.
    Visual Art Exchange, Contemporary South Juried Exhibition January, 2014. Juror: David Houston, Director of The Bo Bartlett Center Columbus State University College of Arts.

    2013
    Claudia Heath Fine Art, Featured Artists John Beerman, Susan McAlister and Julyan Davies. Charlotte, NC. December 5 – 20.
    Gibbes Museum of Art, Works on Paper. November 2013. Charleston, SC.
    Carolina’s Got Art July Salon Show. Elder Art Gallery. Charlotte, NC.
    Mint Museum of Art Room to Bloom Auction. Charlotte, NC.
    Claudia Heath Fine Art, February 2013 Exhibit. Charlotte, NC.

    EDUCATION/STUDIES
    2014 Studies with Artist Eric Aho, Vermont
    2014 Anderson Ranch Snowmass, CO Studies with Annie Lapin
    2013 Summer Studies at University of the Arts London Central St Martins
    2011 Studies with Florence Academy of Art Jordon Sokol and Jura Bedic
    2011 Studies with Artist Eric Aho
    2010 Studies with Artist Dennis Sheehan, American Tonalist Painter
    2005 Davidson College, Bachelor of Arts

     

  • Articles and Reviews

    http://www.theenglishroom.biz/2016/03/07/artist-spotlight-series-susan-mcalister/

    Southpark Magazine  July, 2015. Big Draws.  Local Artists -From Painters To A Slam Poet- Who Are Commanding Our Attention.  

    WBTV News.  January 24, 2015. http://www.wbtv.com/story/27930175/explore-well-established-and-emerging-artists-at-hidell-brooks-gallery

    The Art Edge. Brian Sherwin.  http://theartedge.faso.com/blog/89668/some-thoughts-about-abstract-painting-part-1

    Atlantan Magazine.  December 2014.  Fresh Faces of Anne Irwin Fine Art.

    Fine Art Views January 27, 2013 http://faso.com/fineartviews/55296/faso-featured-artists-artist-susan-mcalister   

    The Scout Guide June 28, 2013.  http://thescoutguide.com/blog/

    The Scout Guide Blog July 19, 2013 http://charlotte.thescoutguide.com/blog/

    The Daily Progress Charlottesville, VA May 23, 2014 Art Notes C3

    Visual Art Exchange. SCOPE: The Southern Landscape Exhibit. June 13, 2014 http://clicks.skem1.com/preview/?c=569&g=5156&p=e110a394407d6e6f9f0a1f2428751e96&utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VAEWeeklyEnews6/13/14