1984 Born in Portland, OR
2006 BA University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts
2017 TBD Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 Summer 2016 Exhibition Eastbank Commerce Center, Portland, OR
2014 Time Will Speak. And Speak. And Speak. And Speak. City Club of Portland & Cafe Voila, Portland, OR
ALSO EXHIBITED AT:
Cup & Bar – Current
Aviary – Current
Jan-Current, Clevenger/Hardy, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Jan-Current, Wilcox, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Dec-Current, Hamilton, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Oct 2016-Current, Warner, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Aug-Dec 2016, Binkley Beckman, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Jul-Sep 2016, Pray, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Jan-March 2016, Kurz, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Nov 2015-Mar 2016, Schoenbeck, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Jan-Feb 2016, Quirk, Commissioned painting
Jul-Dec 2015, Reichmann, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Sept 2015, Spieth/Wickman, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Nov 2014-Jul 2015, Hall, Commissioned painting, Custom frame
Sep-Oct 2014, Hardy, Comissioned painting, Custom frame
Aug 2016 – Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
Aug 2015, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Old master painting studies with Christian Rex Van Minnen
Jul 2014, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Color in dry media with Craig Drennen
Jul 2014, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Portrait studies with Ben Buswell and Ryan Burghard
Jun 2014, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Color studies in black and white with David Hornun
I am an artist from Portland Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge. I work in a number of mediums, oil, acrylic, latex house paint, and water color.
I am constantly exploring and enjoy the adventure of letting creativity and chance direct my process. This means that I often am teaching myself new techniques, researching new ideas, building on previous painting experiences, and allowing happenstance to enrich my art. It also means that, as much as possible, I allow the process to dictate the painting. So, while I may have specific plans at the beginning of a painting, in building up the layers one by one and sometimes peeling away elements and building them back up again, I often find myself (and the painting) far from where I intended. The unexpected direction that my paintings take adds an excitement to my work that I would not be able to replicate through exact precision. My goal in painting tends to be to reach a balance of formal beauty and expressive content, something that moves me and the viewer some.
Landscapes, especially those that I experience first hand are a starting point for many of my compositions. I take inspiration from all parts of life, however, and have increasingly found the human face and body to be particularly intriguing.
I show my art around Portland and at my Studio. Please contact me to stop by for a visit. I enjoy painting commissions Anything on my site can serve as inspiration for a new painting.
You can purchase work directly through me. Just send an email.
EMAIL: mike.kurz [at] gmail.com
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