Suzanne Ferrer's blue
eyes and the gentleness in her face won't let you in on the original motivations
for her pictorial art. These are more concealed, enveloped in the bits and
pieces of childhood which affect you forever. Can anyone really go back to the
enigmatic shadows locked behind the doors of childhood? Rebelling can help get
you there but that isn't what French artist Suzanne Ferrer did.
Deeply affected by the
harsh conditions of an isolated early life due to the war in France she suffered
silently for a long time. Long suppressed deprivation expressed in her paintings
finally revealed her true nature.
Slowly, even stealthily,
inspiration for her art had been building, announcing itself with a flowering of
sensibility shaped over the years at midlife, on her fiftieth birthday.
Immersed in this
crucible of underlying passions Suzanne Ferrer infused her art with this fire,
treating many themes in a variety of styles.
Having studied and
acquired the basics, her first shows confirmed that her latent gifts were really
there. Then, after receiving commissions and recognition she realized that her
initial idea of simply working for a small circle of friends was too narrow;
that her commitment to her art was leading her in wider directions.
reaction when her innovative technique as well as the eclecticism of subjects
met with such success. Subjects in her work include bullfighting, marine
landscapes (Venice, Coullioure), Mediterranean women from Afghanistan and
Catalonia, beautiful draped nudes, and abstracts. She uses unique vertical bands
that high light subject matter.
In her multi-media work,
with an ingenious use of color and form Suzanne Ferrer shows that she has
mastered her art-an art with as much gentleness as exuberance--unveiling those
shadows of childhood.
Precision, swirling and
passion show up again in the work of Suzanne FERRER "THE CATALALONIAN."
Everything in this inspired work carries the history of the Catalonians, a
people proud of its culture and traditions, and equally proud to have
transmitted them with tolerance and Mediterranean brotherhood.
Just like these tireless
travelers, Suzanne Ferrer brings Catalonian sensibilities to her work. In a
melancholy and suffering Venice; a sun-baked, embattled Sardinia; or in Minos'
mythic Crete where the bull becomes God and where only combat counts, and
creates a door through the crushing human condition where we walk for one
sublime moment in the company of the gods. Suzanne Ferrer's image of Spain
shakes us up--and out of our certitude--poking impassioned holes in our everyday
by Maurice Halimi,
Deputy Mayor of the City of Perpignan,
France, Director of Cultural Affairs
"Suzanne Ferrer grabs
our attention in 25 canvasses-- where the precision of the water colorist
introduces us to a fury of color on every plane. It's new, it's striking, highly
expressive and above all incandescent. We want to see more!"
Andrée Brassens, La Dépêche,
"The artist embraces
oil, pastel, charcoal and acrylic. Critics are talking--about the appearance on
the scene of a dazzling talent…Undeniably Suzanne Ferrer has the aptitude and
sensibilities that presage a very bright future."
Michel Bolasel, L'Independent
The figures in Suzanne Ferrer's paintings emerge from swirls and
washes of color contained within the broad, vertical brush strokes that dominate
her work. At first unfathomable, we soon see the soft curve of a woman's back or
the flared skirt of a red Spanish dress.
Born in Perpignan, her childhood spent in the dark, desperate
days of postwar France, Ferrer's talent lay dormant until she was nearly fifty.
Then, with family raised, she took brush to canvas intending at most to
entertain friends and create a few gifts for them. But her talent quickly
outpaced these modest goals and soon Ferrer's artwork was being shown in galleries
across France and Spain and now the US.
Ferrer is Catalan, she is called "La Catalane", and she imbues
her art with the pride and the sorrow of being Catalan. A centuries old culture,
Catalonia has been conquered and oppressed by everyone from Caesar's legions to
Franco's fascists. Yet Catalans survived unspeakable horrors by clinging to
their language, their music and the brilliant colors of their art. And Ferrer's
work reflects this heritage. Images may be broken into wide bands of colors that suggest the
delicate panels of a fine Japanese screen or the melancholy spaces between the
bars of a prison cell. It is a world where light and color struggle to shed the
embrace of dark, ominous tones, unexpected edges and unknowably evil shadows.
Ferrer suggests rather than states. We look at a painting and
gradually a bullfighter, or a flared Spanish skirt or a wave rolling up a beach,
reveals itself in the flowing lines and the passionate colors she has applied to
the paper or canvas. A blending of the thematic heat of 19th century romanticism with
the visual cool of 20th century abstraction, Suzanne Ferrer's art surprises the
eye and speaks directly to the heart.