Belgravia Gallery - Breath of Nature Exhibition

American landscape artist Susan Swartz exhibits  'Breath of Nature' at Belgravia Gallery in London October- November 2012. The body of mostly abstract work reflects Swartz' reverence for the natural world and commitment to environmental responsibility.

BREATH OF NATURE
Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London
October 22 - November 24, 2012 

Following her exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DCThe Carlyle in New YorkArt Palm Beach and The Naples International Art & Antiques Fair, Susan Swartz had her first exhibition in London at Belgravia Gallery from October 22 - November 24, 2012. The body of work reflected Swartz' fierce reverence for the natural world and aimed to provoke viewers into taking action to preserve it.

Anna Hunter, the Managing Director of Belgravia Gallery remarked, "Susan Swartz is a rare individual who has found a way to use her particular talent to both express creativity and passion, and at the same time make a real difference in our society." 

A landscape painter for the past 40 years, Swartz's decade long struggle with two environmentally related illnesses changed her life-focus. Challenged first by mercury deposits, likely from poisoned fish she ate, and then by the effects of Lyme disease in her joints, Swartz was slowly paralyzed and literally unable to hold a paint brush. 

"For long periods I could only paint with my eyes," recalled Swartz. "Fortunately, over time, I got the care that allowed me to stand before my canvases with new strength and inspiration. I asked myself how I could use my gifts as an artist to capture all of nature's glory and at the same time embed a sense of urgency and messaging in my artwork."   

Swartz' artwork changed as dramatically as her lifestyle and outlook. She left the comforts of realism for increasingly abstract painting. The collection at Belgravia Gallery includes some of her most abstract pieces to-date. "My relationship with the environment is more complex now," explained Swartz. "The Belgravia paintings reflect this complexity with a more conceptual approach that demands viewers question their own relationships with the natural world." 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Louie Psihoyos with Susan

Robert F. Kennedy. Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance, and Louie Psihoyos, Director of The Cove and Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservations Society, joined Swartz on November 7th, 2012  at Belgravia for a talk "A Shared Passion for Environmental Campaigning."

Belgravia Gallery, located in the heart of London's Mayfair art district, represents a select group of international painters, sculptors and photographers. Founded in 1986, Ms. Hunter also represents the lithographs of HRH The Prince of Wales, for the benefit of his Charitable Foundation, and the work of Nelson Mandela. 

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Exhibition Catalogue

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