Anne Leighton (former Appraisal Vice President with Christie's, New York)
Susanne Schuenke writes novels with a brush. Each of her works, whether in oil, watercolor, litho or crayon, tells a story. Within her well-ordered artistic universe every detail of each composition is planned.
Kristina Piwecki (Schweizer Handelszeitung, Zürich)
In Susanne Schuenke's ouevre philosophical concepts are diligently transformed into thought-provoking images. The artist sees herself as a narrator of stories which let the beholders of her work discover meanings important to them. Juxtapositions of disparates is one of her means to add finesse to her pictorial statements. She has indeed captured a wide-ranging spectrum of ideas with the precise strokes of her brush.
Henry Flood Robert, Jr. (Executive Director The Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the work of Susanne Schuenke is worth a million. Blessed with the imagination of any ten prodigies, Susanne's work takes us on a journey to a world which thrives on mythological stories, images of her past and thoughts of the future.
Surrounded by thinly balanced color zones, her work zips in and out of the styles of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and even a hint of surrealism. She blasts the viewer with an iconography... a firestorm of color, mood and intensity.
What seems simple to us, in Susanne's work, is quite often not. Abstracted curvilinear female torsos are described as "Olympian Goddess". In another picture a common abstract perfume bottle is configured as a colorful "snake-headed perfume vaporizer", symbolizing the vamp character of a person.
The richness of her prose equals the work. What is most fascinating is the manner in which her paintings are created. A perfect educational exhibition to expose "artistic process". In many of the works she draws from an actual scene creating an initial study which she then develops into a mildly abstract study which eventually results in the final work - a large oil painting.
This highly disciplined process yields stunning results. We should draw from their power and finesse.
John Griffins (Art critic London and Edinburgh)
Susanne Schuenke, the daughter of two artists (:) ...Her work is certainly modern, but cannot be assigned to this or that currently fashionable category. Surely, her work will appeal to those whom the different phases of post-modernism have reeducated in the pleasures and subtleties of neo-classical and metaphysical styles of the 1920s-30s.
There are affinities with the Italian scuola metafisica, with German and Dutch neo-surrealism and Anglo-American and Italian new classicism. The dreamscapes of Magritte, Ernst, Delvaux, Schlichter and Dukoupil put us in the right frame of mind for reading pictures in which the painter relates incongruous detail to create her own work.
Schuenke and these twentieth century painters use various arrangements of symbolic imagery, but the similarity stops there. In Schuenke's world there is nothing of the aridity and terror before the inexplicable we face in De Chirico's universe and none of the bizzare justaposition with which Ernst temps us into exploring the psyche as defined by depth psychology.
Her work is not Freudian or existentialist. It is not centered on the unconscious or the absurd. She avoids limitations of doctrinaire surrealists, allowing her to paint images with an extraordinary range of historical and cosmic reference.
In short, Schuenke's work offers a lyrical interpretation of profoundly humane and therefore truly spiritual ideas; a mature conception of the tragic shortcomings of humankind measured by the yardstick of our moral responsibility and the reproachful testimony of the natural world. Above all, she offers us a visually beguiling, painterly representation of a self-contained universe of the imagination where what might be is set against what is.
Ted Weeks (Art critic Jacksonville)
Narrative in mode, minutely representational, rational, yet also surreal, the art of Susanne Schuenke is international in content while distinctly north European in temperment and style.