Drawing magazine is sad to report the passing of Susan Hauptman (1947-2015). Susan was a wonderful artist who devoted her career to drawing, working primarily in a combination of charcoal and pastel. Her output consists mostly of large-scale, intense and sometimes funny self-portraits, which are absolutely, unmistakably her own. I had the pleasure of meeting her once, and it was clear that she was an extremely caring person and an incredibly devoted artist.
Hauptman was born in Michigan in 1947 and studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. She won numerous awards throughout her career, and her artwork can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Arkansas Arts Center, and the National Portrait Gallery, among many other museums.
An article about Hauptman’s recent work will appear in the summer 2015 issue of Drawing magazine. That article went to press earlier this month, shortly before the artist passed away.
To see more of the artist’s work, visit Forum Gallery’s website.