- Selected Works
Susan McAlister: Land Patterns
5 October – 12 November 2017
Opening with the Artist
Thursday, October 5, 5 – 7 p.m.
Long Shadows / Blue Light, 2016.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Evergreen Shadows, 2017
Mixed media on paper, 23 x 15 inches
Violet Shadows, 2017
Mixed media on paper, 23 x 14 inches
- Past Exhibitions
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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