Sunday, January 12, 2014

Waiting to See the Birth of Venus

Good morning!

It's 1:03am. Yes, I'm usually awake at this time. :D

I would like share this painting I made in early 2012, after a year as an exchange student in Paris. While in Europe, I sketched and photographed many visitors and local people. I was very interested in their brief reaction and interaction with historical places and monuments. When I visited Florence, I stepped in line for the Uffizi Gallery. After 4 hours of waiting, I finally arrived at the entrance and looked back at the endless line. I thought “wow, all these people are waiting to see The Birth of Venus.”

Waiting to See the Birth of Venus, 2012, oil on canvas, 160cm x 15cm

This painting will be exhibited at Art Gallery of Mississauga, during VAM 36 - Visual Art of Mississauga 36th Annual Juried Show. 

Jurors: Ivan Jurakic, Kim Lee Kho, Reinhard Reitzenstein
Opening: Thursday, January 16, 6pm
Exhibition Date: January 16 - February 22, 2014
Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

Cheers and have a beautiful week!

Susan Q.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The drawer is melting...

During a studio visit, a friend asked me why the drawer is melting out of the fridge? I'm not religious but when I was looking for ways to compose "View from the 8th Floor", I found the mother Mary statue in my basement. I thought the statue illustrated the theme of home or protection. And I decided to put the statue in the fridge. 

The drawer is positioned like her legs, the shelves are her breasts, the light is her head and the void space of the building to the right becomes her arm. And she cradles the baby on her lap...



View from the 8th Floor, 2013, water soluble on canvas, 36"x52"

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"Landscapes of the Mind" by Thomas Brioux

I passed by Show Gallery on Queen St. W the other day and saw painter Thomas Brioux's works. Very interesting and almost moody landscapes.

Exhibition Dates: Oct 25 - Nov 2, 2013
Show Gallery
978 Queen St West, Toronto

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vote for Irregular Space III

Irregular Space III, acrylic on dibond board, 8ft x 10ft
vote for Irregular Space III everyday until Nov 1 at:

Irregular Space III was a project completed on site at Downtown Markham for a painting competition. 20 artists across Ontario were selected to paint a 8ft x 10ft hoarding board within the 5 day time frame. 

For this project, I decided to continue my exploration of irregular spaces and perspective planes. Irregular Space III derived from a thought when I was taking the subway. I wondered if I was taking the train, or was the train taking me?

If you like this painting, please vote for it at:
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Thank you very much for your support!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fahrenheit Festival Sat. Sep 28, 2013


I will be participating Fahrenheit Festival in La Salle, just south of Windsor this year! With the title "Big Art Burn", the festival hosts 10+ enormous fire sculptures, all to be burned on the night of Sat, Sep 28, 2013! 

Where: Vollmer Culture & Recreation Complex
2121 Laurier Drive, LaSalle, ON

When: Sat, Sep 28, 2013. Gates open at 6:00 PM, burn starts promptly at 8:30 Please come early so you dont miss any of the festivities.

Tickets: $5 for Adults / $2 for kids to 12 yrs 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Harvey Stripes' Portrait

I made a water colour portrait painting for musician Harvey Stripes. "A Penny and A Nightmare", his newest album was released on wednesday Aug 28, 2013.

Harvey Stripes Portrait, 15"x15", watercolour on 140lb paper

More on Harvey Stripes:

"Imagined Nature" by Kendra and Joel Sartorelli

Artists Kendra and Joel Sartorelli present an exhibition of thick, textured abstract paintings that explore ideas of nature, the viewer's sense of space and the physical properties of paint.

Exhibition Dates: August 21 - September 1, 2013
@ Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts
984 Queen Street W