SURACE ART STUDIOS
Laura Dewberry Surace and Jeff Surace

 Jeff Surace

I like to shape imagery and color to express the human and natural conditions of my life. To me, color represents emotion. And it's through emotion that allows me to create an expressive language through painting and drawing.

I like pushing two opposing parts of a painting at the same time. For instance, painting in broad strokes, off colors, and crazy shapes to somehow show implied detail within the image as well.

Within the last several years of creating I have shifted my work from creating an academic approach to nature to an intuitive method of the human condition. I attribute this shift to the birth of my four year old daughter Merabelle. With her it became difficult to focus on a subject I felt removed from, to one that was crying, sleeping, and showing me the essence of the unexplainable when it comes to the human experience. My struggles are different now, what I thought was less important, is more and what was more important before her is less now. It's shown me a natural, progressive way to capture moments in my life without having to be representational to color or structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Laura Dewberry Surace

 

"Born and raised from a long line of Southerners, I find inspiration in history, folklore, and stories past down from family members.  I create my own interpretations of these stories in my art.  Often, the term “Southern Gothic” is in the back of my head as I create my art. If there is irony in my work, hopefully I portray strength and resolution through bold marks using simple, if not elegant, subject matter."

 

EDUCATION:

 1996-MFA Memphis College of Art Memphis, TN

1993-BFA Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN, cum laude

 

AWARDS:

 1996-Presidential Purchase Award, Memphis College of Art

1996-Loren Fleckenstein Award, Memphis College Of Art

 

 

ART AFFILIATIONS:

 

T. Clifton Art, Memphis, TN

Muse & Co., Roswell, GA

Surace Art Studios, Marietta, GA

Urban   Cottage, Atlanta 

RHS Interiors, Marietta

Macon Arts- Macon Georgia

 

EXHIBITIONS:

2016 Muse & Co. High point, NC

2014Muse & Co.  "Floral and Figures " Show- group exhibition 

2013- Macon Arts Alliance group Holiday Show

2013- Muse & Co -   Exhibition with Jeff 

2013- Sketches and paintings for  CW Telivision Network's "The Originals"

2012  Design Show House, Group Show, Marietta GA

2012- "Size Matters" Group Show, Macon Arts Alliance, Macon GA

2012- Georgia College Graduate Center. Macon, GA

2011- Muse & Co. Group Show, "Small Works", Roswell,GA

2011- Macon Arts Alliance, "Tangible & Intangible" Macon, GA

2011- Lawrence Show House, Group Show, Marietta ,GA

2011- Muse & Co., Group Show, Roswell, GA

2010- Macon ArtsAlliance, “Land & See” Macon, GA

2009- Macon Arts Alliance, Macon, GA

2008- Bella Serra, Solo Exhibit, Fayetteville, GA

2008- April Art Walk, Group Show, Marietta Square GA

2007- Art for Justice Benefit, Timothy Michael Gallery,  Roswell,  GA

2007- Portrait Society of Atlanta- Juried Show, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, GA

2006- Horizon Home, Marietta GA

2006- Marietta Wine Bar, Marietta GA

2004- Taylor-Kinsel Gallery, Group Show, Roswell, GA

2001- Artshow Gallery, Group Show, Atlanta

2001- Darious Gallery, Group Show, Atlanta

1999- Omega Gallery- Two Person Show, Jefferson City, TN

1996- Galley Eclectic, Group Show, Atlanta

1996- Marshall Arts Gallery, Group Show, Memphis, TN

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

20th Century Fox "Hidden Figures" 2016

CBS Eye - "Valor" 2017

CW  Network's  "The Originals"  2012-present 
Cox Capital Theatre, Macon, GA

Bella Serra, Fayetteville, GA

Houston’s Mineral Water, TN

Memphis College of Art

Flight Works Airport, Manassas, VA

CNN Omni Hotel- Atlanta

Highwood Properties- Atlanta

Mount Vernon Baptist Church (murals)- Atlanta

Peachtree Christian Hospice- Duluth,  GA

Wears Valley Ranch- Sevierville,  TN

Irvine Doubletree Hotel, Irvine, CA

 

 

DONATIONS:

2014- Hickory Hills Elementary, Art Auction, Marietta, GA

2012 Hickory Hills Elementary, Art Auction, Marietta, Ga

2012- Earl Smith Strand Theater, Marietta, GA

2011- Hickory Hills Elementary Art Auction, Marietta GA

2010-“Forever Remember” Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, GA

2007- Good Mews, portrait donation Marietta GA

2008- Must Ministries, portrait donation Marietta GA

2008- Good Mews, portrait donation Marietta GA