Sukey Bryan

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About the Artist

Sukey Bryan was born in New Jersey in 1961 and grew up in Connecticut and France. She graduated in 1983 from Yale University with a B.A. majoring in Fine Arts and English. At Yale, Bob Reed was an important influence. She worked for two years as a graphic designer in New York with Massimo and Lella Vignelli, and Michael Bierut followed by three years of free-lance work in San Francisco. She began painting weekends and evenings while working in design and decided to turn full time to fine art. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art graduating with an M.F.A. in 1990. Bryan received a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council in 1991. With the support of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1993, Bryan painted several years of work based on the volcanic environments of Iceland that explored the interactions between natural elements (lava, water, gases and rock) during seismic activity. A resident of California since 1997, from her studio on the Stanford campus, Bryan has created works that focus on the natural eco-system in particular wildfires, water in many forms, and plant life.


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Sukey Bryan, Flection, 2023, site-specific installation