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THE ARTIST

CREDENTIALS

Prizes

2020
2nd Place for Two Dimensional Work, Out of Our Hands Gallery-Winner-Dade City, FL, United states

1984
Honorable Mention, Summit Art Center-Winner- Summit, NJ, United States

Group Exhibitions

2020
Manayunk-Roxborough Annual Juried Exhibit (Virtual) – Philadelphia, Pa

2020
COVID 19. The Art of Isolation/Survey 2 (Virtual Exhibition) – Miami, Fl

2020
The February Show / Miami Art Mob Gallery – Miami, FL, United States

2020
It’s a Florida Thing Exhibit / Out of Our Hands Gallery – Dade City, FL, United States

2020
Super Bowl Gallery Event / Miami Art Mob Gallery – Miami, FL, United States

2019
Our Perspectives, Our Cultures, Our Community Exhibit / 2nd Century Gallery – Clearwater, FL, United States

2019
Annual Downtown West Palm Beach Art Festival / West Palm Beach, FL, United States

2019
49th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts / Tampa, FL, United States

2019
Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts / Sarasota, FL, United States

2019
Annual Coconut Point Art Festival / Estero, FL, United States

Solo Exhibitions

1978
Solo Student Exhibition
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Phila., PA

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sue Graef is an American artist whose work is characterized by brilliant color. Working principally in acrylics, Graef creates her semi-abstract paintings by quickly applying color over color, allowing spontaneous creation to play a large part in her work. Her works are vibrant re-creations of what she sees in life. Whilst people can almost always recognize the subject of the painting, Graef twists the perspective and playfully experiments with the colors for fantastic results.

Growing up with an artist mother was a stroke of good luck. From the time she could hold a crayon, paintbrush, or pencil her mother provided all the materials an artist could dream of along with loving patience and encouragement.

Through her latter two years in high school, Sue carried a sketchbook and sketched what she saw almost daily: animals at the zoo, self-portraits, portraits of friends. She sat on benches at bus stops and sketched people and buildings. On many walks in the woods, she sketched trees, birds, and the water. On cold or rainy days, you could find her in the local public library sketching there.

During this same period in high school, Sue attended Saturday classes at Philadelphia College of Art, where she was first introduced to nude figure drawing.
Then, off she went to begin a rigorous curriculum of figure drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and art history at Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University.

Although her two favorites are Henri Matisse and the more contemporary David Hockney, Sue has been drawing and painting for over 40 years and has developed a style like no other. Her paintings are meant to be enjoyed, smiled at and some maybe even laughed about.