Watercolors by Suzan Frecon

For its next Viewing Room, David Zwirner is pleased to present a selection of watercolors by Suzan Frecon, in conjunction with her exhibition of new paintings at David Zwirner Hong Kong.

Suzan Frecon (b. 1941) is known for abstract oil paintings and works on paper that are at once reductive and expressive. The artist’s compositions are characterized by arcing and asymmetrically balanced forms and are defined by precise spatial and proportional relationships. Each surface is developed carefully and gradually, evolving from one canvas to the next, with composition as a foundational structure holding color, material, and light.

Frecon’s watercolors are an integral part of her creative process. Sometimes made while her larger paintings are drying, these works employ the same balance of line, color, and form, but often in looser, more experimental applications.

The specific characteristics of each leaf of found vintage paper the artist collects impose their own dynamic compositional constraints. Here, rag board, Indian ledger paper, and handmade Japanese sheets contribute irregular size, texture, and surfaces that create unique grounds and reactions for the artist’s rich swaths of color.

More than simply studies for her larger canvases, Frecon’s watercolors are independent works that demonstrate her continued engagement with the chromatic and sensory possibilities of painting, and of pure abstraction.

More information on the artist’s watercolor practice can be found in Suzan Frecon: paper, published on the occasion of concurrent presentations of her works on paper at David Zwirner New York and Lawrence Markey, San Antonio, in 2013.

Image: Suzan Frecon, red and orange, 2018

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Suzan Frecon

red and orange, 2018
Watercolor on old Indian paper
9 3/4 x 13 inches (24.8 x 33 cm)

Suzan Frecon

ultra turq curved, 2018
Watercolor on agate-burnished old Indian ledger paper
9 5/8 x 23 1/4 inches (24.4 x 59.1 cm)

Suzan Frecon

composition in dark blues influenced by a painting composition, 2010
Watercolor on Japanese paper
13 1/2 x 9 inches (34.3 x 22.9 cm)

Suzan Frecon

composition in 4-5 colors with lapis and malachite, 2015
Watercolor on handmade Japanese paper
14 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches (36.8 x 28.3 cm)

Suzan Frecon

orange by edges, 2018
Watercolor on agate-burnished old Indian ledger paper
5 1/4 x 26 3/4 inches (13.3 x 67.9 cm)

Suzan Frecon

Untitled, 2005
Gouache on paper
5 x 6 1/4 inches (12.7 x 15.9 cm)

Suzan Frecon

Untitled, 1995
Watercolor on paper
14 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches (36.2 x 45.1 cm)

Suzan Frecon

lifted dark green composition touching top and two sides, 2013
Watercolor on agate-burnished Indian double-weight jute
16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches (41.9 x 54.6 cm)
A painting by Suzan Frecon, titled dark red, dated 2009 to 2012.

Suzan Frecon

dark red, 2009-2012
Watercolor on old Indian ledger paper
9 5/8 x 26 1/2 inches (24.4 x 67.3 cm)
A watercolor by Suzan Frecon, titled Watercolor from Book of Paint, dated 2014 to 2015.

Suzan Frecon

watercolor from book of paint, 2014-2015
Watercolor on found agate-burnished old Indian paper
9 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches (25.1 x 35.2 cm)

Suzan Frecon

(venetian, Indian) holding oranges, 2017
Watercolor on rag board
16 3/8 x 14 inches (41.6 x 35.6 cm)
A painting by Suzan Frecon, titled from 3 part composition, variation 2, dated 2012.

Suzan Frecon

from 3 part composition, variation 2, 2012
Watercolor on Seisochan Japanese handmade paper
11 x 15 inches (27.9 x 38.1 cm)

Suzan Frecon

vertical indigo on small format, 2010
Watercolor on Indian ledger paper
16 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (41.9 x 17.1 cm)

Suzan Frecon

dark red composition a, 2009-2012
Watercolor on old Indian ledger paper
9 7/8 x 26 5/8 inches (25.1 x 67.6 cm)

Suzan Frecon

blue pieces 2, 2012
Watercolor on old Indian ledger paper
16 x 33 7/8 inches (40.6 x 86 cm)

Suzan Frecon

orange b, i, 2012, 2013
Watercolor on found old Indian ledger paper
9 3/4 x 27 7/8 inches (24.8 x 70.8 cm)

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