Susan G Abbott (b. 1957, Regina) is a contemporary artist using acrylics, mixed media and collage, living and working in Toronto, Canada. She has shown her work successfully in group and juried shows in Toronto, as well as solo exhibitions. She is a past-President of the Don Valley Art Club, and a former marketing and management consultant.
“My work is inspired by the Canadian landscape which provides a framework for explorations of color relationships and moods. I frequently sketch outside, and take an annual trip north. I liberally reinterpret to simplify shapes.
Finding the right combinations of color is a quest achieved through frequent re-paintings of passages until I am satisfied, sometimes over a period of months.
Mixed media works are built up in layers, including using papers I create from painted papers."
“I bounce between expressionistic styles and hard-edged styles, and love both for their ability to capture shapes, colors and space. My recent abstract work and collages are increasingly concerned with the creation of a mood and an atmosphere generated with expressive mark making and the layering of collage papers and image transfers of my own creation.”
Abbott’s art education was acquired over many years through private study, and studio workshops.
Studio courses at Haliburton School of Art and Design with Steve Rose, John Leonard, and Al Van Mil; Plein Air with Jennifer Hinrichs at Grand Manan School; At Art Gallery of Ontario with Doug Stratford, Barry Coombs; At Alberta College of Art with Barbara Milne. In addition, many workshops conducted by professional artists.
Upcoming: Don Valley Spring Show 2021
You Are Here - Open juried show, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2020
Light Party - Collective, 2014 Dundas Street West Gallery, Toronto, 2019
Nuit Blanche – Who Are You? Red Head Gallery, Toronto, 2017
Toronto Public Library (Solo), 2017, 2018
NEXT! Open submission juried show, Arts + Letters Club, Toronto, 2015
Sunnybrook Fine Arts Group Shows, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Grand Manan Artists from Away (Group), WhiteWall North Gallery & Grand Manan Art Gallery, 2012
Square Foot (Group Exhibition), AWOL Gallery, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Don Valley Art Club, (Group) 2006 – 2009, 2015 - 2020
The Stations Project: Cardinal Newman Centre, Toronto, 2003 and Art Credo, Ottawa, 2003
Trapeze Women’s Art Collective, Toronto (Member of Collective) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Honorable Mention: Abstract, Don Valley Art Club, Spring 2018
Ritchie Falls Award, A Brush with the Highlands Plein Air Festival, 2011
Honorable Mention: Abstract, Don Valley Art Club, Spring 2008
Honorable Mention: Landscape, Don Valley Art Club, Spring 2007
Abbott's work is included in permanent collections: Toronto Public Library Special Collections, Lafarge Cement, St. John’s Anglican Church (Ottawa). Private collections in Canada and USA.