Susan Inglesby-Sykes sold her first professional painting at her premier show at Morris Martick’s Bar on Mulberry street in 1967, and her most recent sale—47 years later—was three weeks ago at the Cocco & Salem Imagine Gallery in Key West, Florida.
Outside of those two watershed events, she studied at the Maryland Institute of Art (MICA) from the age of seven (and learned oil painting at age ten from Joe Sheppard, who recommended the Martick’s show when she was 22) to full-time student at eighteen, earned a B.A. from University of Maryland, and did graduate work at the Corcoran Gallery through George Washington University. While she worked as a portrait painter she managed young artists’ shows in the many art house theatres in Baltimore; had a successful advertising illustration career in New York City for 26 years; was an adjunct instructor at F.I.T. for four years; spent three years creating an art workshop for her students in northern Ireland’s Derry City; and taught drawing and illustration for one year at Trinity University’s art college in Dublin, Ireland.
From 1994 to 2006 Susan was represented by Ivan Karp at OK Harris Gallery (art dealer for and discoverer of Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, among others). In 2006 she was represented by photorealist legend Louis Meisel at his 57th Street gallery in New York City until 2014. During the 2000s she added one woman shows at Sheppard Gallery, Ellicott City, and Craig Flinner Gallery, Robert Antresian Gallery, and Steven Scott Gallery, all in Baltimore. Susan most recently joined Cocco & Salem Imagine Gallery in Key West, Florida where she will have her third show in January 2015, “Vintage Key West Memory.”
From 2007 to 2014 she was part of five national and international museum shows spotlighting America’s definitive photorealists and hyperrealists. Susan was featured along with her personal heroes Richard Estes and Robert Bechtle in Vero Beach Museum’s 2012 “Hyperrealism and American Culture” exhibition in Florida.
Most of her paintings’ subjects come from the streets of Baltimore. Joe Sheppard’s early paintings of “after dark” women from the less-traveled Baltimore neighborhoods inspired Susan then, as it does today. The inexhaustible, visual seduction of one of America’s most eclectic communities still burns bright for her.