About

BORN:  1984  Portland, OR

EDUCATION:  2006  BA University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 Borders Guardino 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:

Current Aviary

2016-2017 Cup & Bar

Commissions:

2017 Clevenger/Hardy, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2017 Wilcox, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2017 Hamilton, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2017 Warner, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2016 Binkley Beckman, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2016 Pray, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2016 Kurz, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2015-2016 Schoenbeck, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2016 Quirk, Commissioned painting

2015 Reichmann, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2015 Spieth/Wickman, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2014-2015 Hall, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

2014 Hardy, Commissioned painting, Custom frame

Art Education:

2016 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, Representing color and light with Doran Langberg

2016 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, Nude as portrait with Jonathan Weinberg

2015 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Old master painting studies with Christian Rex Van Minnen

2014 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Color in dry media with Craig Drennen

2014 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Portrait studies with Ben Buswell and Ryan Burghard

2014 Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass, CO, Color studies in black and white with David Hornung

Bio:

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

Also find me on Tumblr or Instagram.

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My Freelance Projects/Motion Graphics Portfolio Has Moved

Looking for Michael’s freelance motion graphics animation work? It has permanently moved to freelancebymichael.com.