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Susan Swartz

Evolution of Nature 24

Property Sold to Benefit Instituto Terra

Susan Swartz

Susan Swartz

Evolution of Nature 24

Evolution of Nature 24

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Property Sold to Benefit Instituto Terra

Susan Swartz

B. 20th century

Evolution of Nature 24


acrylic on canvas

48 by 48 in.

121.9 by 121.9 cm.

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Courtesy of the artist

'I have always been interested in the alchemy that exists between nature and art.' – Susan Swartz


Susan Swartz explores landscapes through potent colors and richly layered abstract paintings. In her Evolution of Nature series, she incorporates dried flora, herbs, and other nutrient-rich elements to create opulent yet playful sculptural surfaces. The underlying energy and tension to Swartz's work hints of her complex relationship with the natural world. Her decade long struggle with mercury poisoning and Lyme disease transformed her as an artist and as a citizen. She now works from a place of impassioned reverence for the earth, and of fierce determination to inform and educate. 


Swartz's works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; the Springville Museum of Art; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts; the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland; and the CAFA Museum in Beijing, China. Her work is on display inside the United States Embassies in New Zealand, Hungary, and China via the Art in Embassies program.


The Consignor is donating 100% of the hammer price from the sale of this and other designated artworks, to be sold during Sotheby’s Contemporary Discoveries online sale held from September 23 – October 3, 2022, to Instituto Terra, a not-for-profit Brazilian organization devoted to conservation and reforestation. In addition, in relation to these designated artworks, Sotheby’s will donate 100% of its Overhead Premium to Instituto Terra and its Buyers Premium, after deducting expenses. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible. For more information about Instituto Terra, visit www.institutoterra.org