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(American, 1941-1997)


Oil on Paper

12½ x 11½ Inches

Signed Lower Left


Susan Eleanor Seddon was born in Brazil in 1941, of English parents who had emigrated from South Africa. A deeply spiritual young woman, she contemplated becoming a nun until her father, to avert that possibility, sent her to finishing school in Switzerland. It was there that Boulet began her training as an artist. Working principally in oil pastel, inks and occasionally pencil, she developed a distinctive personal style characterized by the use of color applied in glazed layers from which dream-like forms emerged. She drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources: mythology and poetry, Jungian psychology and worldwide spiritual traditions, as well as a deep love of animals and the natural world. Underlying her work is a spiritual quality and a universality which strikes a chord in people from many walks of life. Her paintings have been widely reproduced and are held in public and private collections around the world. Her published works include Shaman: The Paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet (1989), and The Goddess Painting (1994).  (With thanks to David Ulansey)


Speaking of Boulet, Anais Nin wrote: "These figures are out of our dreams, those which flee from us upon awakening, those which are dispersed like dew at dawn, those which fall apart between our fingers like dust-roses. Susan has a more muted step, or perhaps she is invisible...more soft-voiced, soft-gestured, as the images do not escape from her. She can return from her voyages with intact descriptions...from places never visited by us but which we remember."


Today, Susan Seddon-Boulet is considered one of the founders and principal exponents of the visionary art movement in the United States. Her paintings are held in distinguished public and private collections around the world. We are pleased to offer an outstanding work by this visionary modernist.



Shaman: The Paintings of Susan Seddon Boulet, Pomegranate Publications; Susan Seddon-Boulet: A Retrospective, Pomegranate Publications; Susan Seddon-Boulet: The Goddess Paintings, Pomegranate Publications; The Power of the Bear, Pomegranate Publications; Davenport’s Art Reference, p. 344.

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