Artist Elizabeth Sutton is a real trailblazer. Whereas many new artists battle to assist themselves completely by means of artwork, Sutton’s strategy and distinctive aesthetic have made her really shine. Whereas her coronary heart has all the time been in portray, she’s additionally made a reputation for herself by means of licensing with every little thing from kitchen and toilet 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 not too long ago 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.
Positioned at 550 West twenty ninth Road between Tenth and Eleventh avenues, it’s just some 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 objective is to set myself other than 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 glad and cheerful—it’s additionally deliberately accessible. “You possibly can contact, really feel, and store my numerous collections together with trend equipment, tabletop, tiles, rugs, prints, wallpaper and wonderful artwork, amongst different issues all whereas watching me in motion. You get a behind the scenes glimpse into each the artistic and enterprise parts of my work.”
Whereas Sutton’s authentic work doesn’t come low cost (her authentic work begin at roughly $5000)—her different choices are extra accessibly priced. The area additionally permits her to indicate one-of-a-kind works corresponding 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 additionally to attach together with her neighborhood. “You possibly can anticipate me to be within the studio nearly each Monday by means of Friday, portray stay whereas additionally working in real-time with my group, whether or not doing photoshoots, artwork, and even simply normal administrative features of the enterprise. I’m additionally internet hosting plenty of occasions and fundraisers,” she says.
The massive sq. footage (particularly for New York Metropolis) offers her the pliability to do no matter she needs with the area absolutely integrating each side 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, however it’s additionally what makes the area dynamic and attention-grabbing, past your common retail store or gallery expertise,” says Sutton. “Think about you bought to see Coco Chanel stitching a costume once 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 accessible for buy. Nonetheless, it’s sadly past my funds. However, it’s really my glad place and I’m deeply grateful for the chance to be right here in the meanwhile. 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 not too long ago launched her first tabletop assortment, which incorporates melamine dishes, faux-linen napkins, and vinyl placemats. Whereas not a nasty factor, it bought out sooner than she anticipated. Nonetheless, she is attempting to make these merchandise accessible once more quickly.
The artist additionally not too long ago launched one other tile assortment with TileBar referred to as the Meta Assortment, which is presently displaying on the gallery, and has a brand new assortment launching in 2024, alongside together with her first self-importance assortment.
2024 will certainly be a significant 12 months for Sutton. Her tile collections are set to be put in in main hospitality tasks, together with the brand new Fairmont Lodge in Lengthy Seaside, Essex Home New York, CapitalOne Cafe, El Conquistador in Puerto Rico, and Kissaki Miami.
Along with all of this, the long-lasting Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla which not too long ago transferred administration to the Storey Lodge Group, can be collaborating with Sutton to create distinctive art work, merchandise, and artwork programming for the resort’s friends this coming spring in honor of their fortieth anniversary.