Susan Morrison relocated to her downtown Oklahoma City studio from NYC and has worked there for the past 18 years. As a native of Oklahoma, she lived and worked in both Boston and New York for 22 years during which time she earned a BFA in painting from The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and was the recipient of a prestigious 5th Year Travelling Scholarship and late an Alumni Travelling Fellowship, which allowed her to travel abroad for several years. The impact of foreign travel became a major force in the development of her work. Numerous solo exhibitions at Stux Gallery gave her work high visibility in the 1980s cutting edge Boston art scene. Other galleries and museums such as The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Richard Green Gallery in New York, and the Soho Center for Visual Artists contributed to her successful career as a painter. Her work has been reviewed in numerous featured articles including Art in America, Art New England. The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine, The Oklahoman, and The Gazette.
Susan Morrison’s public art murals oscillate between the “refined and the raw”. Employing the use of color that evokes both naturalistic and non-naturalistic light, the grid-informed structure loosely creates an unpredictable geometry. The diagonal thrusts help to create a tension between color and mass, giving the painting a precarious balance. She has been successful in creating public art works that have evolved through the use of constructivism and figuration in order to employ specific narrative content. Morrison has found inspiration in the balanced geometry of ancient art as well as the inventiveness of primitive art and cubism. Continuously in search of authenticity, her works draw inspiration and ideas from these varied sources and are executed through an intuitive process that leads the work toward a painterly and modern abstraction.