Sync series, 2015, acrylic and house paint on canvas. H250 mm x W710 mm

Artist in Focus - Susan Keshet - August 2015

Susan Keshet's Sync series focuses on the allure of fashion and trends in contemporary life. Drawn to the aspirational world of communication and its impact on human behaviour, she questions how we might be affected by trends we witness and the influence of digital media and technology. Working with found photographic material, Keshet creates figurative compositions in which her subjects often become caricatured and stylised in form. Depicted figures in motion are placed on particular colour fields and appear starkly against their surroundings. Other scenes are inhabited by a single model or by a pair of models, echoing their engagement with their activities and their disengagement with spectators. The dualism between interior and exterior is at the heart of Keshet’s artistic practice, investigating how the world is simultaneously perceived and imagined in urban settings and the self. A sense of silence and estrangement often pervade her paintings and frequently imply the transitory  nature of modern existence.

Susan Keshet is a painter and curator based in East Sussex, UK.  In 2015 her work has been shown at St Anne's Galleries, Lewes at the Affordable Art Fair 2015, Hampstead and Battersea, London.  She has been shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition and 20 Painters’, Phoenix Brighton in 2014. The Parallax Art Fair, London, the Threadneedle Prize and being one of the five final selected artists for the Republic Art Award are highlights in 2013. In addition she participated at Depositary, Brighton Fringe Festival, Visions Group Show, The Art Shack, Brighton.  200 Voices, Visiting Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art London, 2012 and National Open Art Competition.  Light Thickens Vyner Street Gallery, London, Off-Beige Group Show Beaconsfield Studios, Brighton and Degree Show, Brighton University in 2011. Keshet’s work is held in collections in both the UK and USA. 
©Renée Pfister, 2015  
Syn 11, 2015
Acrylic and house paint on canvas
H250 x W710 mm

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