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The news of artist, environmental activist, documentary film producer and philanthropist Susan Swartz.

Thiel and Swartz: The Complexity of Nature Through Two Distinct Lenses

Susan’s most recent, increasingly abstract work will be on display in a new exhibition at London’s Belgravia Gallery, alongside renowned painter Leslie Thiel. While their subjects — landscape and horses, respectively — and their styles — abstract and realist — couldn’t be more distinct, both artists are moved by the natural world and express a fierce tenderness toward the earth’s fragility.

Like Susan, Leslie Thiel is an internationally recognized painter, whose large-scale pieces appear in collections throughout the world. Her interest is not in capturing the mere surface of her equine subjects, but in conveying the inner light that emanates from within them. Her painstaking detail and exacting realism are the perfect foil to Susan’s luminous abstract forms.

The exhibition opens this week at Belgravia Gallery and tonight, Thursday, October 17, a private viewing will be available from 6 - 8 pm. Interested in attending? RSVP to lorraine@belgraviagallery.com

Gillian Tett Hosts Susan Swartz’s Opening Reception at Belgravia Gallery

Gillian Tent  

Gillian Tent 

After months of planning and preparations, Susan’s latest exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE, opens this week at London’s Belgravia Gallery.

Last night, kicking off a week of exhibition events, renowned British writer Gillian Tett hosted the opening celebration. Tett has won numerous awards for her impactful journalism at the Financial Times, and Susan is proud to call her a longtime friend.

At the reception, Tett, just arriving in London from her New York City home, stressed that no one can ignore the impact we world citizens are having on the environment. We must all use our talents to  take action, whether that be by wielding a paintbrush or our voices.

Human Nature: Susan Swartz in the Mayfair Resident

Environmentalist Susan Swartz is known for her passionate commitment to environmental preservation, yet her campaign is not recognized through speeches or petitions, but though her artwork. In recent years, her painting style has captured the attention of both museums and collectors, prompting them to take environmental concerns more seriously. As she freely admits, her canvas has a clear underlying narrative, ‘an urgent plea to notice, respect and preserve our natural environment,’ Susan explains…

Read the entire Human Nature article in The Mayfair Resident and visit Susan’s BREATH OF NATURE exhibit at Belgravia Gallery, 25 Albemarle Street, London W1 until November 24th.

National Museum of Women in the Arts UK Friends Event with Susan Swartz

Patti White, Susan Swartz, Beth Colocci

Susan Swartz, Conversation with the Artist
6 November at 11 a.m.
Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle St, London, Greater London W1S 4JL
Nearest tubes: Green Park and Picadilly Circus

Enjoy a coffee and conversation with Susan Swartz at her exhibition, BREATH OF NATURE.  Swartz is an American landscape artist and environmental campaigner whose work probes the intersection between devout spirituality and a reverance for nature.  Her art is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.  Swartz is also an impassioned environmental activist and educator who has worked with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Jane Goodall in their efforts to shed light on environmental issues.

Supporting Subscribers free; Subscribers £10; Guests £20. rsvp@nmwa-uk.org and post cheque to Friends of NMWA, UK, Box 539, 28 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3SS.

 

Forward to Susan Swartz Catalogue by Waterkeeper Alliance Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

I have long been fascinated by the powerful connection between art and the environment — both define us as a people. Standing in a riverbed deep within the walls of a canyon or at the helm of a boat contemplating the vastness of our oceans, I try to imagine how an artist chooses color and finds form, and I am humbled. The outer world of nature and the interpretive world of art both insist that we transcend our narrow self-interest and see beyond what is right in front of us. Artists seek universal truths and help us form a community that responds to these truths and not to rhetoric or partisanship. The natural world reminds us how we are all connected, not by geography, but by river tributaries and wind patterns and fault lines. We depend on each other and also depend on the stewardship of the natural world. For it provides our lifeblood: clean air and water. Read More

Susan Swartz and the One World We All Belong To

Just like Susan, Mary Oliver has dedicated most of her career to the environment. The American poet and recipient of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize turns towards nature for inspiration and describes the sense of wonder it instills in her. “When it’s over,” she says, “I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” (“When Death Comes” from New and Selected Poems (1992).)

This month, the 77-year old Oliver released her newest book of poetry entitled A Thousand Mornings. In a recent interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin, Oliver says her work has become more spiritual over the years — but she feels a great sorrow over humanity’s lack of care for that world. “The woods that I loved as a child are entirely gone. The woods that I loved as a young adult are gone. The woods that most recently I walked in are not gone, but they’re full of bicycle trails,” she says.

All of the pieces in A Thousand Mornings are lovely, but Susan is particularly drawn to these resonant words:

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The Essence of a Breath: Susan Swartz Opening Today at Belgravia Gallery

Susan’s solo exhibitionBREATH OF NATURE, has just opened at London’s Belgravia Gallery. The paintings included in the show mark a turning point in Susan’s artistic vision towards an increasingly abstract—and increasingly urgent yet hopeful — painting style. Perhaps no painting illustrates this change more clearly than the title work Breathless.

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