Stanford Art Spaces
November 5, 2010 to January 20, 2011, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Alice Beasley
Textile Art
James Su
Paintings & Pastels
John Sundstrom
Paintings & Charcoal Drawings

Isle of Dreams © 2010 Alice Beasley

West Meet East © 2010 James Su

Symbolics III © 2010 John Sundstrom

This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Paul G. Allen building (C.I.S.). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Alice Beasley
Three Sisters © 2010 Alice Beasley

Alice Beasley has been making fabric portraits in the Bay Area since 1988. Her goal from the start has been to use fabric as a medium of expression. She incorporates the same light, shadow and realistic perspective used by artists in other media, but without the use of paint or other surface treatments. Instead, she uses the ordinary quilter’s tools of commercial fabric and thread.

Many of Beasley’s works use unexpected prints rather than solid colors to recreate the complexities of the human form in portraits and to make vibrant still life compositions. Rather than relying upon templates or photo projections, she prefers to work directly, building a composition in the same manner as a painter working on a canvas. All pieces are cut free-hand from fabric with scissors or rotary cutter and machine appliquéd. Many of her recent works have moved from the layered “quilt” form to fabric compositions that are either stretched on canvas or mounted on a rigid surface such as foamboard.

For more art by Alice Beasley, click here.

James Su
Blind Boy © 2010 James Su

James Su’s work reflects his passion towards the people around him and around the world.  Today’s world is experiencing many changes and challenges, but old traditions and culture remain.  He has been traveling and painting the people with different lifes, cultures and traditions.  From his art works, the viewer not only sees what the artist has painted, but also feels what the artist feels.

Su studied art at the Shanghai Art institute. In 1985, he came to the United States where he received his doctorate degree. His experiences traveling through China during the Cultural Revolution engendered within him a deep appreciation for ordinary, working people. Life in America has allowed him to pursue interests as diverse as architecture, engineering, software, and fine art.

For more art by James Su, click here.

John Sundstrom
Redemption © 2010 John Sundstrom

For John Sundstrom, seeing is the “trip switch” that begins the creative process. The process moves from that initial idea to planning and working through to the finish. He reflects that “During this process I feel a sense of elation. As with anyone who experiences elation, the emotions are personal, almost spiritual, as if I am a bystander looking on.”

Sundstrom enjoys experimenting with relationships between ideas, materials, shapes, symbols, and colors. He often takes an idea into a multiple work “series” – working out as many forms of the ideas as possible, and determining if there’s more satisfaction in developing the idea one way than another. The last of the series may be more complicated than the first. Or, it may be much simpler, because that is where the process has led him. He hopes that viewers will take the time to thoughtfully examine his work and begin to understand the process.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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