Sussi Hodel is a Danish Swiss painter, born in Brædstrup, Jytland, and now living in Switzerland. Despite being raised in an artistic family, it was not Hodel’s original intention to become an artist. After completing an apprenticeship in economics, she worked in this field for many years before being encouraged by her spouse to take art classes to refine her skills. From this point onwards, Hodel decided to concentrate solely on her art.
Bridging the Gap between Contrasting Artistic Styles
Hodel believes in the importance of thematic exploration which allows her to delve deeper into the subject to reveal its different facets. For instance, her latest series revolved around the theme “Wild” with people showing animal traits and strong emotions in the form of anger, despair and desire. Reinforcing her subject matter, Hodel’s work can be classified as a combination of expressionism with subtle hints of pop art. She feels that expressionist allows her to capture the intended emotive feel in the most effective way whereas she uses elements of pop art, more specifically, the strong colour, to induce a calming undertone with her portraits.
Finding what Works
Hodel has experimented with a variety of painting medium including: tempera, acryl, gouache and some other materials. This allowed her to realise that oil is her preferred medium of choice. Its slowness in drying is most appealing as this allows her to carefully think about the next steps in her painting process and alleviates any of these pressures from differing methods. Further, she uses pastel to accentuate her work, adding a complementary finished edge to her canvas.
Internationally Recognised Painter
Sussi Hodel has firmly established herself on a global level, taking part in numerous exhibitions around the world including places like Paris, London, Lisbon, Beijing, and Strasbourg. Moreover, she has displayed her work at the Miami Art Basel multiple times and the Luxembourg Art Fair.Read more