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The Livingston Arts Council Presents Abstract Impressionist Susan Marx: A Decade of Work

Susan Marx painting in the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair.  Photo    Credits: Michal Barkai
Tulip Field (2014), by Susan Marx, 30”x24”, acrylic on canvas  

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Susan Marx, a painter who loves color, will exhibit paintings from the past decade at an exhibition sponsored by the Livingston Arts Council at the Livingston Senior Center, 204 Hillside Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey 07039. The paintings will be on view from Monday evening, June 30 through August 25.

The Livingston Senior Center is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The center is often open on evenings and weekends. Call during business hours to find whether the center will be open in the evening or on the weekend.

The artist will be present Monday evening, June 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will be happy to come other times upon request.

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Marx’s work has developed and evolved over the past decade. She has always been concerned with color but her earlier work is more realistic and her most recent work is more intense with brighter color and freer brushwork, less representational and more abstract. Most of the paintings in the exhibition were painted in New Jersey, mainly in the various gardens of Montclair. She will also be exhibiting paintings that were painted in Jerusalem and the Negev desert last summer and some paintings that were done in France and the Caribbean. 

Her modern abstract impressionist paintings combine formal elements with spontaneous, colorful, emotive responsiveness, resulting in paintings as dynamic as they are compelling.

She paints outside, en plein air, barefoot on the grass, which allows her to truly experience the landscape and capture what she sees and feels on canvas. Susan doesn’t paint flowers to paint flowers--she paints flowers to paint color. 

Marx inhales nature as she paints, and then exhales her sensations in a truly impassioned creation of color that epitomizes the moment. Her goal is to capture the essence of a painting, the color and the emotion, and leave the rest to the viewer’s imagination, in order to bring him into the painting. She paints nature but is not limited by it. Above all, Marx has been inspired by the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet.

"They call me Mme. Monet in jest, but they are right," she said. "I have inherited the soul of Monet.”  

Marx has painted on Monet’s bridge but has gone beyond, painting impassioned colorful canvases that are in a style all her own.

Exhibited widely throughout the United States, Marx’s work can be found in private collections in the United States and abroad.

Marx is represented by and exhibits at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea: 530 West 25 Street, New York, NY, and the Ashok Jain Gallery on the Lower East Side: 58 Hester Street, New York, NY.

Marx lives in Orange, New Jersey.

Senior Center: (973) 535-7925

Susan Marx:, phone: (973) 674-0854

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