Artist Elizabeth Sutton is a real trailblazer. Whereas many new artists wrestle to assist themselves completely via artwork, Sutton’s method and distinctive aesthetic have made her actually shine. Whereas her coronary heart has at all times been in portray, she’s additionally made a reputation for herself via licensing with all the things from kitchen and loo tiles in collaboration with TileBar, rugs with Rugs America, to workplace chairs with The Raynor Group. So, it’s not a shock that she’s just lately opened a solo artist pop-up gallery, studio, and retail expertise in West Chelsea. Sutton believes she is the primary feminine artist to do that.
Situated at 550 West twenty ninth Avenue between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, it’s only a few blocks south of Hudson Yards, and simply north of the famed Gagosian Gallery. Measuring roughly 5,200 sq. ft, it’s simply as expansive as it’s stylish.
A Hybrid Workspace
Whereas strolling into an artwork gallery can really feel very intimidating, Sutton’s area was created to really feel the precise reverse of that. “My aim is to set myself aside from the opposite boring and conventional galleries within the Chelsea neighborhood, as I’m the artist and never only a gallery operator,” explains the artist.
Whereas she designed the uncooked area to really feel completely happy and cheerful—it’s additionally deliberately accessible. “You’ll be able to contact, really feel, and store my varied collections together with vogue equipment, tabletop, tiles, rugs, prints, wallpaper and superb artwork, amongst different issues all whereas watching me in motion. You get a behind the scenes glimpse into each the inventive and enterprise parts of my work.”
Whereas Sutton’s unique work doesn’t come low cost (her unique work begin at roughly $5000)—her different choices are extra accessibly priced. The area additionally permits her to point out one-of-a-kind works equivalent to a Blatt Billiards desk, the primary time the artist has showcased this work to the general public.
Artist in Residence
Sutton is extremely enthusiastic not solely to make use of the area for work, but in addition to attach along with her neighborhood. “You’ll be able to count on me to be within the studio nearly each Monday via Friday, portray reside whereas additionally working in real-time with my group, whether or not doing photoshoots, artwork, and even simply common administrative elements of the enterprise. I’m additionally internet hosting plenty of occasions and fundraisers,” she says.
The massive sq. footage (particularly for New York Metropolis) provides her the flexibleness to do no matter she needs with the area absolutely integrating each facet of her enterprise. “This can be a absolutely operational working artwork studio that should operate and function in alignment with my must create. That may be a precedence, but it surely’s additionally what makes the area dynamic and fascinating, past your common retail store or gallery expertise,” says Sutton. “Think about you bought to see Coco Chanel stitching a costume while you walked right into a Chanel retailer?”
That is additionally a full-circle second for the entrepreneur. In 2020, Sutton staged the 4 luxurious penthouses for the residential area above the gallery. “The retail area is the final sq. footage nonetheless obtainable for buy. Nonetheless, it’s sadly past my finances. However, it’s actually my completely happy place and I’m deeply grateful for the chance to be right here in the intervening time. It marks a way of accomplishment and achievement that’s one thing past my wildest creativeness coming from the place I used to be a mere eight years in the past after I began.”
Sutton just lately launched her first tabletop assortment, which incorporates melamine dishes, faux-linen napkins, and vinyl placemats. Whereas not a foul factor, it bought out quicker than she anticipated. Nonetheless, she is making an attempt to make these merchandise obtainable once more quickly.
The artist additionally just lately launched one other tile assortment with TileBar referred to as the Meta Assortment, which is at present displaying on the gallery, and has a brand new assortment launching in 2024, alongside along with her first self-importance assortment.
2024 will certainly be a serious yr for Sutton. Her tile collections are set to be put in in main hospitality tasks, together with the brand new Fairmont Resort in Lengthy Seashore, Essex Home New York, CapitalOne Cafe, El Conquistador in Puerto Rico, and Kissaki Miami.
Along with all of this, the enduring Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla which just lately transferred administration to the Storey Resort Group, will likely be collaborating with Sutton to create distinctive paintings, merchandise, and artwork programming for the resort’s visitors this coming spring in honor of their fortieth anniversary.