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Susan Fried | RAW

Exhibition: October 31, 2017 – November 19, 2017

Vernissage: Tuesday October 31, 6 - 8 p.m.

The Ottawa School of Art is proud to present the work of Diploma Student: Susan Fried

The Ottawa School of Art presents new works by Diploma Student Susan Fried. Born and raised in Montréal, Susan Fried has called Ottawa home for the past 17 years. Although visual arts have always held an allure for Susan, she wasn’t able to venture down this path until recently when in 2011 she enrolled in ceramics classes at the Ottawa School of Art. Here, she continued with adult general interest classes but soon decided to jump in with both feet and enrolled in the Fine Arts Diploma Program; she is now completing her third and final year. In 2015 Susan also received the Ted Marshall Memorial Award from the Ottawa School of Art.

Susan paints expressively and with unrestricticted movements. Focusing on the materials and mark making, she allows the paint to flow freely, and intuitively.

The paintings in this exhibition began as a visceral response to personal loss. In her paintings Susan skillfully gives voice to the rawness of these felicitous emotions, and invites the viewer in, giving permission to also explore and to find their own meaning.

“There is honesty in our raw feelings. Sometimes we don’t know what those feelings really are, happy or sad, or what shape they embody. I want to give mine a voice and visually convey them through abstract artwork”

– Susan Fried, Artist

The OSA would like to thank the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the Lorraine Fritzi Yale Gallery for the use of this space.

The Ottawa School of Art is an educational centre for the Visual Arts in Ottawa, providing the community with the opportunity for creative expression, development, and growth based on an orderly progression in knowledge and skills. Within a well-defined program, the OSA offers high quality instruction to all levels through direct involvement with professional artists.

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Inquiries on these works should be directed to Cathy Brake, Gallery, and Boutique Coordinator at the Ottawa School of Art, by calling

613.241.7471 ext. 27 or by e-mailing


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