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A pivotal hub in her regional artistic community, Sue Jephcott has been active as a full time artist since 1956. Born in Hudson, Quebec, Jephcott's career has spanned nearly five decades, passing through notable evolutions of style and content. Ranging from highly textured figure and portrait studies, to bold, hard edged symbolism, Jephcott has absorbed and personalized classical techniques, re-directing them into the stark storytelling of her content laden work.
What connects the work is an ongoing battle between primitive human impulses, and an unmovable destiny of myth and spirituality that forces the untamed (and sometimes unwilling) to do it's bidding. In Jephcott's world, the spirit always wins, and those who choose the folly of greed, conflict, or arrogance are spared no mercy from her cutting painterly will, or the destiny that's owed them.
Referred to by the sculptor Donald Liardi as Sue’s "two by four diplomacy", her direct and often undiplomatic bluntness has lead some viewers to be uncomfortable with her work. Sometimes political, sometimes grotesque, and often sexual, Jepchcott pulls no punches when she paints. She summons her own fears, dreams, and anger to formulate a commentary on contemporary issues and relationships, often treating the act of painting as an incantation to cause something to happen.
Susan Jephcott is presently living and working in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, a Victorian-era village located between Ottawa and Montreal.
(With thanks to Randy Cole for this biography).
Support in creating this artist's page from the Government of Ontario through the Programs and Services Branch of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is acknowledged.