b. 1954, USA

Sue Williams Biography

Sue Williams has lived and worked in New York since the mid-1980s. In her early career, she became known to a wider audience with her highly narrative painting. In taboo-like visual stories that seem like comics and caricatures, scenes of domestic violence and sexual obscenity, the artist expresses her rage over the enduring acceptance of sexism in society.

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Unlike many of her contemporaries, who in confronting the classically male dominated medium of painting turned to other modes of expression such as film, photography, or installation, Sue Williams remained committed to her familiar terrain. It is precisely this monopolistic aspect that allowed Sue Williams to play with the often conventional and stereotypical representations of her male colleagues and massively exaggerate them in her own visual space.

Sue William’s painting has constantly moved along a narrow line between figurative depiction and complete abstraction, as happens in some works in the early 2000s, in which the targeted monochromatic brushstroke becomes a central element. In her new works, these two realms are mixed anew, and Sue Williams thus explores an entirely new way of working.

Text courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber.

Sue Williams Featured Artworks

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Pilgrim Hollidazzle by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Pilgrim Hollidazzle, 2020 Oil on canvas
101.5 x 127 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Colonial Revision by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Colonial Revision, 2020 Oil on canvas
127 x 152.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Unraveling by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Unraveling, 2020 Oil on canvas
127 x 152.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
North American Fur Trapper by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams North American Fur Trapper, 2020 Oil on canvas
178 x 203 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Gizzard's Holiday by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Gizzard's Holiday, 2020 Oil on canvas
178 x 203 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Someone's Future by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Someone's Future, 2020 Oil on canvas
127 x 152.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Pleasant Zones by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Pleasant Zones, 2020 Oil on canvas
127 x 152.5 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery
Colonial Foot by Sue Williams contemporary artwork painting
Sue Williams Colonial Foot, 2020 Oil on canvas
101.5 x 127 cm
Galerie Eva Presenhuber Contact Gallery

Sue Williams Recent Exhibitions

Sue Williams Represented By

Galerie Eva Presenhuber contemporary art gallery in Maag Areal, Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Eva Presenhuber New York, Vienna, Zurich

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