Suzan Frecon
recent oil paintings

David Zwirner is pleased to present recent paintings and works on paper by Suzan Frecon in concurrent exhibitions in New York and London, marking the artist's first show in London and her fourth overall solo presentation with the gallery.


For almost five decades, Frecon has created abstract paintings that address issues of horizontality and verticality, asymmetrical balances, and interacting arrangements of color. Each composition is the result of a deliberative process guided by careful attention to spatial relationships. Working slowly, she accrues paint gradually, allowing the process of arriving at a given configuration to take ultimate precedence. 


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Suzan Frecon
Suzan Frecon
ultra terre verte, 2016
Overall: 87 3/8 x 108 inches (221.9 x 274.3 cm) Each panel: 87 3/8 x 54 inches (221.9 x 137.2 cm)

Roberta Smith writes in The New York Times, "Her work has a deeper, quieter kind of originality: a sense of unassailable integrity and the fullness of form . . . [Her paintings] combine Rothko’s color at its most winey and most somber with the carefully modulated geometries of Ellsworth Kelly, but are always clearly handmade, painted with a meditative quality that evokes Morandi . . ."

"I think the nature of oil painting is slow, and I like that slowness because the larger result of visual art. . . [is that it] lifts you out of time and yourself. . . This is what I want in my paintings—this indefinable suspended feeling." — Frecon in conversation with Josef Helfenstein at her studio in 2007.

Suzan Frecon, 2015. Photo: Julie Brown Harwood.

The Artist Project is an online series produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York which gives artists the opportunity to respond to the museum's encyclopedic collection. In this video, Frecon chose to discuss Duccio di Buoninsegna's Madonna and Child, ca. 1290–1300. Reflecting on this painting as an influence on her own work, Frecon says, "Duccio knew how to compose. I consider Duccio a great colorist."

In 2016, Frecon received the American Artist's Legacy Foundation Artist Award which recognized her subtle, meticulous compositions and attention to the physical qualities of her paintings. "She has talent, commitment to that talent, and her commitment has endured long enough to serve as inspirational to others," said one of the jurors, the sculptor Suzanne Caporael.

Suzan Frecon in her studio, 2015. Photo: Julie Brown Harwood.

"I think the truth of a painting is the paint itself. All the explanations can’t change what that truth is."—Suzan Frecon. Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail brings together 60 of the New York-based journal's most important interviews with artists. The book includes an extensive interview with Suzan Frecon by John Yau, conducted at the artist's studio in New York in 2005.