Susan Keshet’s drawings and paintings consist of a combination of jigsaw-like characters and curious landscapes. There is a surrealistic quality to her work, which is carefully staged and somewhat open-ended in meaning. Sometimes enigmatic, other times witty – her works display a dialogue with earlier art movements such as Dada , Surrealism and Pop Art. Underlying her compositions is a questioning narrative concerning our identity in an increasingly media driven and technological world.
She is a studio based painter currently living in Hove on the south coast of England. She started her career with a degree in Geography and a peripatetic existence – with a goal of experiencing the World. Art was always her main interest however and she obtained a degree in Fine Art – from the University of Brighton in 2011.
‘Comprising hand drawn collages based on found imagery, my paintings often take the form of new and unique characters which seem to voice a silent opinion. Their gaze perhaps challenges the viewer to listen. In my latest work ‘Assemblages’, the characters depicted have a new found confidence. As a compilation of parts which have broken free from the confines of the photo or media they were trapped inside – they have become something stronger – challenging the platform from which they were derived.’
To date her practice has included curating and exhibiting in group shows .Her work is held in collections in the USA and UK.
East Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery , Eastbourne ,East Sussex, 2016
The Secret Art Prize shortlist, Curious Duke , London, 2016
Group Show , Gallery 31 ,Brighton , East Sussex, 2016
Christmas Exhibition, St Anne’s Galleries, Lewes, East Sussex, 2015
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, London, St Anne’s galleries, Lewes, East Sussex, June 2015
Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London, St Anne’s galleries, Lewes, March 2015
National Open Art Competition shortlist 2014
Phoenix Art , Brighton , East Sussex, 20 painters shortlist 2014
Threadneedle Prize shortlist, London, 2013
Art Republic Award finalist , Brighton, East Sussex, 2013
Depositary Art Show, Brighton, Brighton Fringe Festival 2013
Visions Group show, The Art Shack, Romney Marsh, Kent, 2013
National Open Art Competition shortlist , 2012
200 Voices , www.visitingarts.org 2012
Off Beige Group Show , Beaconsfield Studios , Brighton , 2011
Light Thickens , Vyner Street Gallery , London, 2011
Work In Progress, CompARTment Gallery, Brighton , 2010
Art and Pepper, Pepperpot Building , Queens Park , Brighton, 2010
Enclosures Group Show, University of Brighton, Brighton , 2010