Susan Janow

Born 1980, San Francisco, California
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 2003

Highly animated and ever-enthusiastic, Susan’s extroverted personality belies the quiet and ordered nature of her artwork. Susan works in a variety of media, mainly focusing on drawing, employing geometric motifs in the form of grids, circles, or floral shapes. Often beginning with a hand-drawn grid, she slowly fills in each shape in a deliberate, meditative process. Small splashes of bright color or patches of overlaid white break up large monotone areas. When working sculpturally with ceramic tiles or wood, she maintains her linear rhythm while exploring other patterns and forms.  Each block or tile is painted with a distinct design, which when composed en masse—either on top of a wood assemblage or in a mosaic—read like a nuanced bar code of color. Recently, Susan has been exploring collage and filmmaking - writing, directing, and often performing in pieces produced in Creative Growth’s Digital Media Lab.


The Creative Commons, ArtYard, Frenchtown

New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, New York
Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, Carson City

Outsider Art Fair, New York
D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Outsider Art Fair, Paris
Common Threads, 836M, San Francisco
Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Los Angeles
D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris
Outsider Art Fair, New York

Extra Celestial, Crosstown Arts, Memphis
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Outsider Art Fair, Paris

Outsider Artists, Oakland Museum of California at the Oakland International Airport, curated by Philip Linhares

John Hiltunen +1, Gallery Paule Anglim, curated by Matthew Higgs. San Francisco

Creative Growth Pop-up Shop, Screaming Mimi’s, New York

Creative Growth Group Show, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germanycurated by Matthew Higgs


Writer and Director, tUnE-yArDs music video “Honesty”

Limited Edition Print, Anthropologie & Co., Palo Alto
Guest designer for Zoetrope: All Story, Fall 2016 Issue