About the Artist
Jesselle Sue is a San Fransisco-based abstract painter who works primarily in acrylic and charcoal. She was born in 1992, in Hubei, China, and raised by her foster father. She was blessed to be surrounded by creative people in her youth, and she was encouraged to pursue visual art throughout her childhood and teenage years. Independent and uninhibited, she left home as a teenager and lived in many Southeast Asian countries before moving to the United Stated to where she now sojourn in San Francisco, California.
She has developed her own style as a painter through practical experience, learning through trial and error, and studying Japanese watercolour artists, Chinese landscape artists, and abstract painters. At the beginning of the lockdown, she realized that she wanted to pursue a career as a abstract painter full-time and has expanded her creative practice to focus on painting. Since then, she has spent every day painting in her studio overlooking the sparkling waters of the San Francisco Bay. Here the ever-present sunshine and wildlife provide the quiet she needs to focus on her work.
I am an abstract painter, passionate about creating joyful and straightforward compositions perfect for private homes. I experimented with all kinds of materials and substrates, including cement, resin, oil paint and encaustic, before deciding to work exclusively in acrylic and charcoal on canvas, linen or arches cover paper. I use abstraction instead of referencing recognizable elements so that I am able to improvise. I can focus on lines, shapes, and textures freed from the constraints of figurative forms or narrative depictions. With these formal elements of my medium in mind, I develop simples compositions that do not follow logical criteria but are based only on the pre-visual images in my mind’s eye.Instead of remembering in pictures, I remember shapes and colours, and many of my paintings are materializations of these memories. While my style is unique, I am inspired by Japanese watercolour, Chinese landscape, and abstract painters. In particular, I am drawn to the abstract.
Art of Robert Motherwell and his emotive,
nonfigurative, minimalist way of painting. Minimalist art does not refer to anything beyond itself. Minimalism in painting is also about avoiding the unnecessary; I am not satisfied with a painting unless it is quite simple. I have thrown many paintings away because they were too complex.
For the past year, I have painted every day, for six to ten hours a day, creating works of art comprised of loose geometric shapes in simple arrangements. I begin by delivering French yellow ochre acrylic paint to the surface of the canvas before adding black charcoal lines. I enjoy the versatility of the acrylic medium. It is flexible, durable and vibrant. It also dries quickly, which allows me to then draw on my canvas with charcoal. I also use charcoals for its versatile properties and ability to produce intense blacks.Presently, I have chosen to use only these two specific colours: black and french yellow ochre. French yellow ochre is the colour of sunshine, and I have found that french yellow ochre paint produces a warming effect that arouses happiness. Black charcoal juxtaposes with this paint nicely, allowing me to add greater drama and definition to my paintings. In addition, the extreme contrast between these two colours, allows exploring the relationship between light and shadow.The shapes I create within my compositions often read as squares and rectangles. For me these shapes are simple, calm and balanced. Moreover, a square is both ancient in its appeal and universal in its expression of two-dimensional space. Once I am satisfied with the line, shapes, colors and textures of a painting, I instinctually consider it complete. My final works often reflect my painting process, through energetic brushstrokes, which can read as lyrical or emotive.. I hope that viewer has their own experinece of these works and is reminded of their own history.