Suzanne Caporael

Born in Brooklyn, New York; lives and works in Stone Ridge, NY Suzanne Caporael is nationally known as one of America's most exciting artists and has been printing at Tandem Press since 1996. Her Salt Marsh Suite and Hudson River Series explore the temporal beauty of the estuary along with the structural template of water itself, that place of exchange at the very edge between the river and sea, where the tide meets the current and civilizations are born. Caporael investigates the physical world and transforms the intellectual and methodical data she has collected into sublime and resonate images. In 1999 when Caporael moved back to New York, she became interested in the properties in snow. Snow led to ice, ice lead to sea ice, and she developed a particular interest in pack ice. Continuously drifting under the influence of wind, tide, and current, the ice breaks into tension and compression zones, sometimes producing navigable openings (shore leads, flaw leads) and at other times fracturing hummocking, ridging, and rafting. SUZANNE CAPORAEL was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1949. Her work derives from close observation of the natural world and the attempts—scientific and cultural—to define and control it. Observation coupled with research has resulted in groups of paintings related to trees, chemical elements, water, ice, time and place memory. As noted in the New York Times, “Caporael’s paintings are a curious mix of the aesthetic and the conceptual...the paintings are sensuous and lyrical as well as rigorously formal.” Caporael continues to create paintings that both display and invoke a discipline of thought. The artist earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. She had her first show at thirty-five, when then Director Paul Schimmel debuted her work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art). She was awarded a National Endowment grant in painting in 1986, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2009 she was a guest artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. The artist’s prints are published in collaboration with Tandem Press, Madison, WI. Her work is represented in many major museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; the Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, among others. Suzanne Caporael lives and works in Lakeville, CT with her husband, novelist Bruce Murkoff.
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