Susan Weller

Artist's Statement:

My paintings are inspired by my frequent travels to Italy. The ancient walls of this country's cities and villages reflect the history of generations past, while the façades with their peeling plaster reveal colors that are remnants of the richness of the Renaissance. My palette derives from the ochers and sun-worn reds of these walls, as well as from the rich reds found in the paintings of Renaissance artists such as Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese.

The abstracted windows, walls and doors of my paintings act as portals to meditation and contemplation. Passing through the portals encourages the viewer to move beyond the façade and enter a world that lies cloistered from view. My paintings are intended as a place for solace or inspiration, where one can enter into a Zen-like meditation.

The richly textured walls of Verona, Rome, and countless small towns and villages, proudly display their marks of patching and repainting as a visual reminder of the history that has preceded us. In my paintings, I seek to evoke memories of this storied past and the noble architecture of our ancestors.

Each time I take the physical voyage overseas, I am pushed to a new level of awareness of mankind's continuum in the history of the world.


1999 — R & F Encaustic Workshop, San Francisco
1997 — Aurobora Press, Monotype Workshop (Kurt Kemp, master printer)
1996 — Bluestone Editions, Monotype Workshop
1995 — College of Santa Fe, Monotype Workshop (Ron Pokrasso, printer)
1990 — Art Institute of Southern California, Metal Arts/Life Drawing
1989-91 — Saddleback College, Papermaking/Bookbinding
1977-83 — Art Institute of Southern California, Metal Arts
1970 — California College of Arts & Crafts, M.A. Art Education
1970 — Pasadena City College, Ceramics
1968 — San Francisco State University, Sculpture/Welding
1966 — Stanford University, B.A. Art History

Solo Exhibitions:

2010 — Ivánffy-Uhler Gallery, Carlsbad, CA — “Journey”
2010 — Spazio 6, Verona, Italy — “La Poesia dei Muri”
2008 — Anastasia, Laguna Beach, CA — Recent Works
2008 — Spazio 6, Verona, Italy — “Il Silenzio della Memoria”
2007 — Anastasia, Laguna Beach, CA — Selected Works
2006 — SpazioArte Pisanello, Verona, Italy — Frammenti
2005 — John Wayne Airport, Orange County, CA
2004 — La Corte Arte, Florence, Italy — "Portali di Meditazione"
2003 — Anastasia, Laguna Beach, CA — "Across the Sea"
2003 — Galleria Duomo, Verona, Italy — Works on Paper
2002 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Viaggio"
2001 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Il Veneto"
2000 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Patria and Beyond"
1999 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Pilgrim at the Wall"
1998 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Landmarks/Watermarks"
1996 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Beyond Boundaries"

Group Exhibitions:

2010 — International Art Fair, Innsbruck — Spazio 6
2010 — District Art Gallery, Park City, Utah
2010 — Small Works, Turman Larison Contemorary, Helena Montana
2009 — Small Works, Turman Larison Contemporary, Helena, Montana
2009/10 — Ivánffy-Uhler Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
2008 — Patterns & Rhythms, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 — Patterns & Rhythms, LAX Airport, Los Angeles
2008 — Libro d’Artista, Palazzo Bottagisio, Villafranca di Verona
2007 — Veronamerica, Coffey Gallery, Kingston, NY
2007 — Incorniciarte, Verona
2006 — Etnie, Verona
2006 — Summer Exhibition, Incorniciarte, Verona
2005 — Inaugural Show of Permanent Collection, Grafiche Aurora, Verona
2005 — “Il Segno Essenziale,” Palazzo Menghini, Castiglione delle Stiviere
2005 — “Altre Vie – Tra I Segni e I Colori,” Incorniciarte, Verona
2005 — Verona Arsenale –“Paper, Un Mondo di Carta,” Verona
2004 — International Art Fair, Innsbruck – Galleria Duomo
2003 — Sala Espositiva di Piazza Matteotti, Castelnuovo Val di Cecina
2002 — DNFA Gallery, Pasadena — Two Woman Exhibition
2001 — DNFA Gallery, Pasadena — Special Exhibition
2000 — DNFA Gallery, Pasadena — Inaugural Exhibition
1998 — Galerie Hyna, Rottach-Egern (Munich), Germany
1998 — Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco — Inaugural Exhibition
1998 — Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA — Two Woman Exhibition
1997 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA
1997 — Leapingotis Fine Art Gallery, Vail, CO
1996 — Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA — "Nudes & Foods"
1995 — National Association of Women Artists, New York — 10th Annual Juried
1994 — Festival of Arts, Laguna Beach, CA — Raku Exhibition
1993 — Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA — Juried Exhibition
1991 — The Ink Gallery, Eureka, CA — Juried Exhibition
1988 — Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA — Sales Gallery
1975 — Del Mano Gallery, Pasadena, CA
1974 — Longpre Gallery, La Canada, CA
1970 — Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA — Sales Gallery
1969 — Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Mill Valley, CA
1968 — Humanist House, San Francisco, CA
1967 — Cincinnati Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1966 — Small Circle of Friends, Palo Alto, CA

Selected Corporate Collections:

Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA
Alza Corporation, Los Altos, CA
American Consulate, Hong Kong
American Embassy, Singapore
American Home Products, Edison, NJ
Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco, CA
Fidelity Investments, Irvine & San Francisco, CA
Fondazione Toniolo, Verona, Italy
Forrest City Development, San Francisco, CA
Grafiche Aurora, Verona, Italy
Hewlett-Packard Corporation, San Diego & Palo Alto, CA
Hyatt Hotel Convention Center, Beaver Creek, CO
JFK Medical Center, NJ
Johnson & Johnson, NY
Kaiser Permanente, Nationwide
Macy's, Nationwide
Marcus & Millichap, Nationwide
Merrill Lynch, Dallas
Monaco Hotel, Seattle, CA
NCR Corporation, Rancho Bernardo, CA
Nokia, Mt. View, CA
Oceana Hotel, Santa Monica, CA
Palomar Hotel, Dallas, TX
Sak's Fifth Avenue, Nationwide
Sunset Marquis Villas, Los Angeles, CA


1999 — Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA — guest lecturer
1997 — American Assoc. of University Women, Orange County — Spirit in Art
1996 — American Assoc. of University Women, Orange County — Beyond Boundaries
1993-4 — University of Colorado, Denver — Dept. of Communication, guest lecturer — "Art as Communication"
1979-84 — Laguna Beach Art Museum — wrote/produced "The Museum Game" for each museum exhibition

Reviews & Publications:

1995 — O.C. Weekly, September 22-28, Nudes & Foods Review, DNFA/Laguna
1996 — Gallery Guide, October 1996, Preview by Peter Frank
1996 — Orange County Register, May 19, The Legacy of Laguna
1996 — Laguna News Post, May 30, “Artist Stretches Boundaries…” (Horan)
1998 — Art Scene, February, Continuing & Upcoming, "Landmarks/Watermarks," DNFA/Laguna
1999 — "Pilgrim at the Wall," Exhibition catalog, text:Jeanne S.M Willette,Ph.D
2000 — Laguna News-Post, January 27, "Patria & Beyond," DNFA/Laguna
2000 — San Marino Tribune, November 9, DNFA Debut/Pasadena
2001 — Laguna News-Post, February 22, "Il Veneto," DNFA/Laguna
2001 — San Marino Tribune, July 5, DNFA Gallery/Pasadena
2003 — L'Arena Newspaper, May 29, "Susan Weller, pittura che deriva dal passato"/Verona, Italy
2003 — Laguna News-Post, December 11, "Laguna Artist Exhibits in Italy"
2004 — Susan Weller, Catalog,Text: Camilla Bertoni, Art Historian
2005 — L’Arena newspaper, August 11, “Verona chiama America sul filo dell’arte d’oggi,” by Camilla Bertoni, Verona, Italy
2006 — L’Arena newspaper, October 30, “Il linguaggio astratto di Susan Weller,” by Camilla Bertoni, Verona, Italy
2006 — Laguna News-Post, November 30, “The best of both worlds” (R. Carasso)
2008 — L’Arena newspaper, May 4, “Susan Weller risveglia l’arte dell’antichita,” by Vera Meneguzzo, Verona, Italy

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