Susan Hauptman

Susan Hauptman is another artist whose work I admire who specializes in self-portraiture. She is represented by the Forum Gallery in NYC. She is a brave artist who spares herself nothing in realistically portraying herself in a variety of situations which explore the roles of women and beauty in our culture.
Self Portrait as a Prima Dona Bitch
2000 Charcoal, pastel and gold leaf, 54 x 40 inches
(c) Susan Hauptman 2000

“Hair self portrait with dog”
2001, Charcoal, pastel and hair on paper, 94 x 40-1/2 inches.
(c) Susan Hauptman 2001

I love the way she uses subtle coloration combined with the charcoal – and gilding. I’m always a sucker for gilding. In this piece she adds more color than in many of her earlier works.

I show her work to students when we are using portraiture in class. You can see more of her work at the Forum Gallery in NY.