Barnett Suskind, an American artist, was born and raised in New York City. He came to art as a child making objects. He committed himself to art after studying art history at Bradley University and studio art at New York University. Starting with abstract sculpture and migrating to abstract painting, his focus is always been using art as a vehicle for communication.
Through this focus, he turned to the figure and the face for the emotive quality found in each. Suskind, a keen individual, and social observer, uses gestural brushstrokes to create images of portraits and large nudes. These works focus on what he calls “states of being”, eliciting and enabling communication of emotional and political commentary.
I believe the artist has the opportunity and consequently the responsibility to communicate. The nature of that communication is personal to and defined by the artist.
As an artist, I began painting in minimal abstraction focusing on perception and communication. My first solo show was called chromatic consonants concentrating on perception and the emotional response to the physiological as well as psychological variables of color and texture.
These paintings were extremely minimal and consequently, I was consistently challenged by the desire, opportunity and responsibility to communicate—always asking “how does the audience relate to this work and how does this work relate to my audience”.
I ultimately concluded that getting closer to one’s self allows you to get closer to your audience and universality.
As I continued to explore visual vehicles of communication I have moved beyond abstraction looking to explore the personal perceptions and the emotions of reality through the incorporation of the figure and face as mediums of visual speech. Our reality is swayed by society and has influenced me to make statements to seek the truth, to effect clarity and authenticity beyond the tripe of media.
This can be clearly seen in my current series the Spring Series, as well as the Venus Nudes, the Narrative paintings and the imaginary Portraits of Every Man whose faces are used as a conduit for an emotional interaction between the viewer and the painting.
Ultimately all of the explorations are manifestations of a desire for communion with self and hopefully with the audience.
– Barnett Suskind
White Columns Gallery
East Village, NYC, NY
Gloria Cortella Gallery
“Color Field Abstract Paintings”
M 13 NYC, NY
Moreno Art Gallery
57 Street, NYC, NY
1980 – Current
Involved with various different business opportunities.
1984 – 1990
President KSI International, an international fashion consulting firm.
1990 – Current
Chairman CEO ITF Global Partners an international boutique financial advisory firm.
Recruited to run a stem cell research and clinical initiative. During this period I led the research group at NYU’s labs for the development of proprietary materials and methods for the remediation of dilated cardiomyopathy.
Co-founder and President, STEM CELL RESEARCH AND THERAPEUTICS, using the proprietary methods materials developed at NYU and at Singapore Heart Hospital for the remediation of dilated cardiomyopathy using this proprietary material.
Commenced the world’s first human trial employing the proprietary materials and methods for the remediation of dilated cardiomyopathy with significant patient improvement.
2007 – 2014
Led the world’s first human trial for the remediation of ischemic heart disease. A three-arm study to determine the efficacy of the formulation in end-stage patients. Contemporaneously I continued to paint and show privately.
X Contemporary Art Fair
Art Basel / Miami, Florida
Willoughby Art Advisory
Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson,
Peter Dayton, HUSH, Robert Mapplethorpe,
Steve Miller, Barnett Suskind
July 14 – Aug 10
East Hampton NY
“Summer Camp, Montauk – Accabonac”
2019 Dec 3 – Dec 7
1001 Collins Avenue
South Beach, Miami
“South Beach Show – Art Basel”
Barnett Suskind & William Rand
2019 June 15
Guild Hall Museum
East Hampton, NY
Planned Parenthood Gala/Exhibition
2019 June 14
Keyes Art Gallery
45 Main Street, at the American Hotel
Sag Harbor, NY
Planned Parenthood Group Show
Jan 2 – Jan 28
Salomon Arts Contemporary