Susan Gesundheit’s paintings, prints and collages explore the surface of a two-dimensional graphic world with an extensive range of color and texture. Her work displays a sense of interpretation and experimentation with multiple layers with processes visible all the way through to the final image. Her subject matter takes from urban landscape and built environments and follows a layered grid. She prints from plastic stencils that are peeled off an inked plate, flipped and repositioned. The results are a universal cityscape, unplanned, of no particular origin.
Her approach was developed sixteen years after her B.A. in Art from UCLA, during classes with Alex Vilumsons, whose right brain drawing approach turned her art toward a more creative and personal direction. She joined Artist Co-op 7, a group formed out of his classes, and has grown as an exhibiting artist and teacher, and serves on their art panel of curators.
Susan Gesundheit chairs the art gallery committee for USC Hillel that brings inspiring art for the students to view. She is a member of Collage Artists of America, Women Painter’s West, Valley Watercolor Society, and the National Watercolor Society and has received awards through their juried shows. She has also been accepted into Jewish Artists Initiative and participates in the Los Angeles Experimental Artists group. Susie reaps the benefits of teaching and the positive energy of working with studio groups: She teaches Artist Co-op 7 watercolor and figure drawing classes at the Whizin Center for continuing education at the American Jewish University, and exhibits in VIVA Art Center’s Salon in Sherman Oaks and LACMA’s Rental Gallery. Susie has participated in monotype workshops in Italy and at USC with Ruth Weisberg, Dean of the USC Gayle Garner Roski School of Fine Arts.