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Susan Hambleton: The idiosyncrasies of nature

Susan Hambleton, Whenever 2, 1999 (via Kathryn Markel Fine Arts)

Susan Sherwood Hambleton, 81, died December 1, 2021 at her home on the Upper West Side. She was an accomplished artist and much-loved teacher of painting and drawing at the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design, and others. A prolific painter and printmaker, Susan’s work nurtured a lifelong fascination with the natural world and the beauty and idiosyncrasies of the human figure. Her warmth and generous heart embraced not only her own family, but that of her beloved companion, Ravi Mahe (died 1976), who she met on a trip to Delhi in 1967. Susan was born on October 10, 1940 in Baltimore, MD.

Susan Hambleton, Growing Garden 5, 1997, tempera, pastel on paper, 30 x 44 inches

Preceded in death by her father, T. Edward Hambleton, her mother, Caroline Hoysradt, and her sisters Anne, Linda, and Mary, Susan is survived by a large and loving family in Maryland, New York, and India and the many close friends to whom her door (and “motel room”) were always open. Her ability to touch those she knew – whether it was a lifelong friend or a seatmate on the subway – with her openness, humor, and honesty was singular. She will be deeply missed. Service to be held in May at the Brotherhood Synagogue, 28 Gramercy Park South. (via NY Times Legacy)

Two of Hambleton’s prints are in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art as well as many private collections. She received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in the 1990s. In a review of Hambleon’s show at Trabia-MacAfee in Soho, Artforum critic Ronny Cohen wote that Hambleton’s work “gives striking expression to the poetic notion of nature as the sum and measure of all things in the universe.”

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