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Hollywood Hills at Sunset, by Susan Lizotte, Oil on Canvas, 16x12
Solo Exhibition 
October 7-20, 2019 
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 10, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Meet the Artist at Opening Reception
Artist Talk at 7:30pm 

“Los Angeles: A Different Narrative” is a painting series about the duality of life in Los Angeles. A city of dreams depicted by David Hockney’s iconic swimming pools that he described as “the most beautiful city in the world” (David Hockney), Los Angeles is also known for weather of catastrophe. Santa Ana winds whip up wildfires that are unpredictable and terrifying. The normal sublime turns apocalyptic. These paintings are about the fragility and impermanence of living in Los Angeles, of how close to the edge we really are.


The duality of life in Los Angeles, which ranges from 72 degrees and sunny with a chance of swimming pools to the catastrophic wildfires whipped up by unstoppable Santa Ana winds, is depicted in the painting series “Los Angeles: A Different Narrative”.  The paintings show a collection of private and public views, both beautiful and destructive, that make up the urban landscape crisscrossing Los Angeles. The current wildfires burning out of control in the Amazon, the Arctic and Portugal, combined with the recent spate of horrendous wildfires that blanketed the state of California most of the past year gives urgency to the theme of fire, and its effect on our climate and planet as a whole. The wildfire paintings depict the danger and unpredictability of the Santa Ana winds which are catastrophic and life threatening. The horrifying can yield the sublime, for often the particles in the air during a wildfire yield the most incredible sunsets. The sunsets in Los Angeles when there are no wildfires are usually beautiful as well, both gleaming with color and all the promise LA has to offer. Joan Didion summed up life in Los Angeles “the unpredictability of the Santa Ana winds affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.” These paintings show our fragility and our resilience.


Susan Lizotte was born in Los Angeles, and adopted at two months old. When she was one, she moved with her adopted parents to Bronxville in Westchester County, NY; they moved back to L.A. when she was 14. She earned her B.A. in Theater Arts at UCLA –discovering her love for art and art history through a class at the end of her senior year. While still in college, she worked part time designing men’s custom dress shirts, and went on to start her own business designing bespoke shirts and suits for men, and ran it for fifteen years. After finding and meeting her biological mother – an artist –Lizotte finally decided to pursue her love of art and painting.  She resides in Los Angeles, balancing her studio practice with life with her husband, four children, and family pets including a peacock.

Raised in New York from age 1 until 14, I remember wondering about my birthplace Los Angeles during the endless months of New York gray skies. I remember seeing fragments of the Rose Parade with its beautiful weather on television, while where I was it was cold and snowy. Los Angeles looked like Oz to me. The mystery resolved itself when I returned to my home city. I remember a profound sense of awe getting out of the airport at LAX and seeing palm trees and feeling the warm and balmy air on my skin, I was home and the light was golden and all things seemed possible. As David Hockney said “Los Angeles is the edge of the Western world” and we have the Pacific Ocean as our backyard. The West has always been a place to begin anew, a place of dreams. And yet it is a city of duality with weather of catastrophe bookending the dreams. Santa Ana winds whip up wildfires that are unstoppable and unpredictable. Yet when the wildfires are burning there can be exquisite sunsets. These paintings are about impermanence and fragility.
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