RARE Gallery is pleased to present a group of new paintings by Suzanne Unrein in her second solo exhibition at the gallery. Entitled Interlopers, the show runs from April 19th through May 17th.
With an oeuvre greatly inspired by Baroque sensibilities, Unrein’s paintings are infused with dramatic characters and energy derived from nature. Unrein transposes the emotional intensity and motion of “epic battle” scenes into wild landscapes that incorporate a brilliant palette.
Inspired by a feeding frenzy of seagulls on Coney Island, the artist witnessed the intense transformation of a crisp and breezy landscape into a cacophonous mania of swooping and screeching creatures. As suggested by the title Interlopers, which signifies meddling with a situation or intruding on a place, the birds convert a moment of serenity into tumultuous activity. With bold pigments and grand brushstrokes, Unrein likewise captures that instantaneous moment between abstraction and representation, when the jubilant excitement of the whirling creatures fragments the landscape and obscures vision.
Born in Sacramento, California, Unrein received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. With many solo and group shows throughout the US, she most recently participated in Texas Contemporary at boltax.gallery, Houston, in 2011. Her work was subsequently featured in “Hands & Eyes,” a short film that premiered in 2011 at the Hamptons International Film Festival in East Hampton, NY. Unrein currently lives and works in New York City.