Suzan Batu’s large-scale, intensely colored paintings, with complex patterns and abstraction, have an enchanting aura, bringing to mind the beauty of fireworks. In her motifs, the intricacy of lace doilies and floral patterns as well as abstract shape elements, graffiti and cartoon drawing are combined. Using industrial techniques, her drawings are turned into stencils to be used to spray color onto the canvas. The importance of color in Batu’s painting can be traced back to modernism, and the color field to painting, post‑pop, and graffiti.
Suzan Batu (b.1954, Istanbul) studied Translation at the University of Graz in Austria. She then moved to USA and graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts Department of Painting in Oakland. In 1991, she completed her master’s degree at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Since then, she exhibited her works in numerous solo and group exhibitions in USA, Turkey, Belgium, and the Netherlands. One of her works was included in Eye Candy, a traveling group exhibition of artists from Los Angeles and New York. Batu curated many exhibitions, including a group exhibition where she co-curated with Bill Doherty titled Fashioned, White Box Gallery, New York (1998), Philadelphia (1999). Suzan Batu lives and works in Istanbul and New York.