Sue Dirksen

BIOGRAPHY

Sue Dirksen examines the amorphous tension between color, space and density. The result is a powerful intersection of fluidity and form, which is both inviting and palpable for the viewer.

As an abstract expressionist, Dirksen’s work is devoid of imagery, but is prompted by the natural world – in particular, the element of water with its malleability and convergence. Hard edges of color quickly turn to swells and washes of varying hues. Dirksen commands the surfaces and uses a wide array of brushes to move water, paint and medium across the canvas, painstakingly refining with pristine tenacity. Soft and subtle at first, the layers reveal dimensions of complexity—churning colors and visceral forms, inviting viewers to sink invitingly into the depths.

“I allow intuition to guide me and use the brush as an extension of my arm — to bring forth luminosity and potently-hued energy. I am a colorist that meticulously builds up the painting with thin layers of acrylic wash — often into the hundreds — to embody the varying intensities of light/color. When experienced from different points of view, the paintings pulsate, as the subtleties of light change to create a vibrant, impeccable, living surface.” 

 

 

 

Education

M.A. (Fine Arts-Painting) University of California, Los Angeles, CA. B.A. (Art) University of California, Berkeley, California 
 

Major Exhibitions

  • 2014 “Sue Dirksen: Portals of a Changing Light,” SCAPE: Southern California Art   Projects and Exhibitions, Corona del Mar, CA. 
  • 2013 “Sue Dirksen: Yelapa Series,” SCAPE: Southern California Art Projects and   Exhibitions, Corona del Mar, CA. 
  • 2011 “Sue Dirksen -New Paintings,” Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 2009 “Meditations,” Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel,
  • CA. 2005 Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 
  • 2004 Obsessive Meditation, Takada, San Francisco, CA. 
  • 1998 Grey Gear Modern, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA.  1995 “Meditations,” University of Judaism, L.A., CA> 
  • 1993 Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 
  • 1991 Lone Pine Gallery, Irvine, CA. 
  • 1990 Laden Fur Nichts, West Berlin, Germany 
  • Im Dreieck Gallery, East Berlin, Germany 
  • 1984 Stella Polaris Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 Spring Show, SCAPE Gallery, Corona del Mar, CA. 
  • “Into Her Own: Diane Nelson, Four Decades in the Art World,” Frank Doyle Arts  
  • Pavilion, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA. 
  • “Rain Percussions,” Radius Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA 
  • 2015 12 x 12, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA. 
  • 2014 5 x 5”An Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.
  • 2011 5 x 5 An Invitational, Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. 2010 “Roll of the Dice,” Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA. 
  • 2009 “INSIGHT/INSIDE LA,,” Mt. St. Mary’s College, L.A. (catalogue) 
  • 2008 "Oscillations," Michelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA. "Oscillations," Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA. 
  • 2007 "Winter Show," Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 
  • 2006 Orange County Museum of Art, Orange, CA 
    Gallery Artists," Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA. "Summer Show," Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 
  • 2005 "Gallery Artists," Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA. "Multiple Personalities," Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA. 
  • "Winter Show," Takada Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 
  • 2004 "Shakespeare As Muse," Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon 
  • 2003 "5th Annual Exhibition, "Grey McGear Modern, Santa Monica, CA.  Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA. 
  • 2002 "Distant Memory," Grey McGear Modern, Santa Monica, CA. 
  • 2001 "Space Odyssey," UC Santa Cruz, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, CA. "Gallery Artists," Grey McGear Modern, Santa Monica, CA. 

Permanent Collections

  • Aero Jet Corporation, La Jolla, CA
  • Bank of America, CA
  • Cal State University, Fullerton, CA
  • Century City Corporation, Century City, CA
  • Columbia Savings, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Penelope Cruz, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christophe deMenil, New York, NY
  • Gene Hackman, Santa Fe, NM
  • Kokusai Kanko Co, Sapporo City, Japan
  • Nationwide Savings, CA
  • Nikko Hotels, Japan
  • United Arab Emirate Embassy, Baltimore, Maryland
  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Wichita State University, Wichita, KS