Susan Crile was born in 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives and works in New York City. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Bennington College in Vermont and she also studied at New York University and Hunter College, NYC. Crile is a Professor at Hunter College of The City University of New York.
Susan Crile is an exemplary artist striving to bring the vocabulary of early modernist abstraction into the contemporary context. Often reviewed in periodicals and catalogues by art critics, curators and art historians, she is noted for her disturbing and evocative abstracts. Vaguely geometric, planetary and aeronautical shapes and patterns are rendered in thin veils of saturated color often used in eccentric combinations. Imagery shifts from geometric to biomorphic fields. Crile’s concern for spatial complexity is magnified by stretching and compressing planar forms into dynamic compositions that challenge the viewer’s perception of space and time.
Depicting the aftermath of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War, Crile’s powerful paintings and drawings of the “Fires of War” debuted in exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Blaffer Gallery of the University Houston, followed by venues including the National Council for Culture, Art and Letters in Kuwait City.
Numerous group exhibitions, national and international, have included her work and she has over forty one-person exhibitions to her credit since 1971. Honors earned by Crile include the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant (1972), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1982&1989), and in 1990, a residency in painting at the American Academy in Rome. She has also been a resident visual artist at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY.