Sumner Crenshaw
Hagerstown , Maryland

Sumner Crenshaw infuses her work with movement, lines and varying degrees of color. She currently lives in Maryland and finds inspiration in the work of Salvador Dalí. Her goal is to keep exploring the minimalist, narrative surrealism she’s been moving toward. Fun fact: The Ballet Russes inspired her to start a series that explores dance through painting.

Artist and Customer Comments

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F Wong purchased this artwork. 3/30/2017 | 8:44 AM

this piece is even more beautiful than i expected, I'm sure to love it for many years to come and cant wait to purchase another piece by Sumner Crenshaw. please continue to create such breath taking artwork.

Sumner Crenshaw 11/16/2016 | 3:27 PM

Hello Friends and followers! Just a few announcements as we go into the holiday shopping season! - I'm pleased to announce that starting in December I will be represented by ZaPow Gallery in Asheville, NC! Stop by in December for ZaPow's grand reopening and check out all new artwork by yours truly! - Looking forward to the year ahead, I will be in two group shows in NYC in 2017! ! Stay tuned for details on when to check out my work at Gristle Gallery and Greenpoint Gallery, both in Brooklyn :-) And as always, please keep checking back here on Ugallery to see all my new work for the holidays! Cheers! Sumner

Sumner Crenshaw 6/12/2016 | 11:13 AM

Facebook page is finally up! Please like and share it- Sumner Crenshaw Art :-)

Sumner Crenshaw 11/1/2015 | 9:39 AM

New solo show up! "Form & Flow" features several new paintings and will be on view through the end of November at Cafe Nola in historic downtown Frederick,MD

Sumner Crenshaw 7/31/2015 | 11:05 AM

Hi Friends & Followers! I have quite a few shows coming up! If you are in the DMV area and would like to see my work, you can check it out at the following places: August- The a Fine Arts Co, Hagerstown November- Cafe Nola, downtown Frederick January 2016- The Muse, downtown Frederick June 2016- Unique Optique, downtown Frederick Thank you for your support of my work! :-D

V Prasad 2/9/2015 | 9:52 AM

Sumner - what happemed to the "Surrender" painting and there was another one = I think it was called I forget the name. I bought "Hiding" and if I like it I was hoping to buy "Surrender" and "Grace Pink???"" . you have removed two of the artwork that was right next to Hiding and is replaced two other paintings that sort of look alike but not the same.

Sumner Crenshaw 9/7/2014 | 12:23 PM

Two person exhibit now up! Stop by The Muse in historic downtown Frederick to see my work, as well as my sister's! We're doing a joint exhibit inspired by our furry friends for the annual Dog Days of Summer event. Up now though the end of the month :)

Sumner Crenshaw 7/15/2014 | 6:56 PM

Solo exhibit coming up in August! I will be showing at The Fine Arts Company in Hagerstown, MD. Opening is August 9 :)

Sumner Crenshaw 5/25/2014 | 5:45 PM

Thank you for your kind words- Your comment made my day! I will be uploading new work soon, please check it out :-)

D Gentry 5/22/2014 | 7:44 PM

I really love your work! As soon as I can, I will be purchasing some of your pieces.

Sumner Crenshaw 10/11/2013 | 8:27 PM

Solo exhibit coming up! I will be showcasing my most recent work at CoWork in historic downtown Frederick, MD. The exhibit is entitled "Coda", and features work inspired by dancers & the Ballet Russes. Opening on November 2nd! :)

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Oil painting on stretched canvas
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20" h x 16" w x 1" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.


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This figurative painting is all about letting go and loosening up. My Curly Girl paintings usually feature very controlled brushstrokes, but for this piece, I opted for an expressive, painterly line. Wearing the shadows like a cloak, and surrounded by quaking lines, this Curly Girl is embracing a new, carefree feeling as she twists out of the darkness and forward to the light.  

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Oil painting

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Stretched canvas

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