Color. Form. Space. Once only childish playmates, this tempestuous trio has become a passion for Su Knoll Horty. Her love of bold colors and abstracted space has been inspired by the work of Nicolas de Staël, Josef Albers, Richard Diebenkorn and David Hockney. Exploring the power of color to elicit emotion, Su sees it as her task to convey the exuberance she feels when working with the saturated colors in her painting. She is also fascinated by the spatial dimensions, which can develop through the relationship of colors. That’s passion. Once you’re in its Jack Russell grip, there’s no shaking it off – no matter where life takes you.
In 2012, Su completed the CE Core Curriculum Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Pafa). Su continues with Master Classes at Pafa. She received an Award of Merit by Manhattan Arts International in the online exhibition of The Healing Power of Art 2019. Su is a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club and received two Honorable Mention awards for her entries in the Absolutely Abstract shows, in 2012 and 2013 as well as being a juror in the 2015 Absolutely Abstract Show. Su exhibits regularly and has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including The Biggs Museum of American Art. Her work is held in the Camden County Art Bank in New Jersey and in numerous private collections.
Su Knoll Horty is represented by Bluestone Fine Art Gallery in Old City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has recently exhibited at SOMA NewArt Gallery in Cape May, New Jersey. From 2012 until 2019, Su displayed her paintings in Senator Chris Coons’ Washington, D.C. office.
Moving beyond the stain to a more fluid style of painting is what’s on my mind these days. The paint stain is still there during the inception of a painting, but it is more of a building block than a final presentation of schematic color. Gone too, for the moment, are the straight edges. I’m exploring fluidity, in all its measures: organic form, undulating movement, saturated ‘liquid’ color, and stylized gestural marks. It’s through fluidity that I find color to be most expressive. The challenges of creating visual depth through vibrant color, along with subtle and not so subtle shifts in tone are the things exciting me now in the studio, The depth and unexpected form that comes from working with intense color is giving me tremendous satisfaction and leading me into intriguing directions.
Color relationships are still important to me, as are tonal variations. With highly saturated pigments, building form through variation in tone is possible in new ways and presents a deeper ambiguity of space in my work. This ambiguity allows viewers to find what they will in my paintings. This is important to me because I want my viewers to find something they relate to in my work, making each viewing experience unique.
My latest works offer an intriguing spectacle of color and form, which I call Color Pops.