Aspen Skiing Co. unveils 2019-20 lift ticket art by Susan Te Kahurangi King

Staff report

New Zealand artist Susan Te Kahurangi King has made six designs for Aspen skiers’ lift tickets this winter. Aspen Skiing Co. announced King as this winter’s artist Wednesday and unveiled the pass designs, adapted from King’s colorful and intricate felt tip marker drawings.

“We are incredibly excited to work with Susan King, whose art sparks a similar joy that is found spending time in the beautiful mountains and this incredible community,” Skico president and CEO Mike Kaplan said in the announcement.

King’s extensive exhibition history includes major art fairs, galleries and museums including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and the American Folk Art Museum. She has been featured in many international exhibitions, sometimes in the context of so-called “outsider” art.

A self-taught artist, King lost her ability to speak as a young child and found a heightened ability and commitment to drawing. As young as age 7, she was prolific and showed signs of talent as a young artist. Her felt tip marker drawings have garnered international attention over the past decade and she was the subject of the 2012 documentary film “Pictures of Susan.”

“We are proud to have Susan Te Kahurangi King join the impressive roster of artists in this unique collaboration,” Paula Crown, an artist married to the Skico’s managing partner Jim Crown, said in the announcement. “The contributing artists over the past 15 years represent an extraordinary breadth of creative talents, identities and geographies, and Susan’s story is especially inspirational.”

The company’s “Art in Unexpected Places” pass art program featured work by Hank Willis Thomas for the 2018-19 season and work by Crown herself in 2017-18. In the preceding years, “Art in Unexpected Places” was carried out in collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum and featured contemporary artists such as Takashi Murakami, Anne Collier, Mark Bradford and Yutaka Sone.