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Susan Jane Belton

 (born 1951)
Susan Jane Belton is active/lives in Massachusetts, Maine.  Susan Belton is known for coffee theme painting, photo real disposable coffee cups.

Susan Jane Belton

Biography from the Archives of askART

Artist Statement:

Things I tend to read about, worry about, and then think a lot about are: endless brutal, senseless wars, blind prejudices, nationalist passions, world hunger, ecological destruction, political corruption, religious fanaticism, intolerance, and hatred greed, hypocrisy, genocide, famine, flood, fear, the tug of powerful and powerless, the end of civilization, the end of nature, but that’s not what this work is about.

This work is about what I do while I write letters and think about all these urgent, global concerns and feel frustrated and powerless. I drink coffee. I drink a lot of coffee. It’s a constant in my life. I drink it to think. I drink it to comfort. I drink it to celebrate. I drink it to socialize. I drink it to transition from one thing to another. I drink it to kill time.

There are lots of rituals involving coffee. Americans take possession of their coffee, complete with specific brands or brews for different times and places. I wonder if there is any connection between global issues and our private, automatic behaviors, like drinking coffee. Sometimes it helps me to focus on what’s right in front of me, paint it and try to understand what it means.

Why take- out coffee cups? These cups are familiar. They are disposable, they are trash, but cataloged and rendered, they tell a story. They speak of accumulation, time, motion, location, commodity, class, recognition, discovery, even memory. It’s all about paying attention.

Source: George Billis Gallery

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Susan Belton maintains a studio in Boston's South End, teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She is much focused on the American ritual of coffee drinking, especially coffee to go. 

She paints oil portraits of the logo emblazoned, disposable cups.  n work on paper and vellum, she describes coffee’s residual buzz in overlaid drawings of assembled cups, glimpsing their iconic identifying graphics; logos, websites, and warnings.  In recent works she renders dizzying landscapes of monochromatic aerial views of surfaces covered with the collected vessels.

Belton is a graduate of Colby College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, winner of Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities grants for Painting,  Mass. Cultural Council grants, Bartlett Traveling Fellowship  and Boit prize. Collections include Colby College  Art Museum, University of Maine Museum of Art, DeCordova Museum, Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Boston Public Library, and MIT among others.

Recent exhibitions include the University of Maine’s Museum of Art in Bangor, Maine, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland, and the George Billis Gallery, New York City and in Essex, Connecticut.

Website of the artist, Feb. 2016

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About  Susan Jane Belton

Born:  1951
Known for:  coffee theme painting, photo real disposable coffee cups