I haven’t been to church in ages. Have you? St Andrews Presbyterian Church is hosting a collection of my paintings starting this Sunday, October 13th. Want to join me? I’ll attend their service at 10am and hang out afterward to show and discuss my work at 11:15am. All are welcome.
WHEN: 10am Service, 11:15 Art Show & Coffee hour
– Also available by appointment – Contact me –
WHERE: St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 3228 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
Come sip the best hard cider around while enjoying views of the Columbia River Gorge and the latest Gorge inspired paintings by Michael Kurz!
Time: 4pm Saturday, Aug 31st – Labor Day Weekend
Or come visit anytime Labor Day weekend, Sat-Sun, 12-6pm, no RSVP needed
Kurz is a Pacific Northwest artist. For six years, he has captured the
beauty, mystery, and adventure of landscape in oil paintings on canvas
and wood panel. This show of energetic,
small-scale paintings captures some of the locations and characteristics
of the beautiful home and playground of the Columbia River Gorge.
Runcible Cider is Kelly McCune and Rob Miller’s farm and cidery on the rocky prairie above beautiful, tiny Mosier, Oregon. They grow special cider apple trees, and ferment those apples as well as heritage apples grown on neighboring orchards in the Columbia River Gorge. Their niche is dry cider, and ciders flavored with fresh, seasonal fruit grown nearby.
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Saturday, August 12 at 2pm Guardino Gallery
2939 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211
Join me for this artist talk! I’ll discuss my show, the process I use to create these paintings, and my exploration of the boundaries and markings that I focused on in this collection. Everything from the Mexico-US border to the lines of a hopscotch game inspired this collection of work.
Twenty years ago Donna Guardino (pictured below) helped pioneer the first Last Thursday on Alberta—an art event she has helped keep alive year-round ever since. It’s an honor to show with her this July-Aug.
Donna Guardino, Owner of Guardino Gallery and pioneer in Alberta Street’s Last Thursday.
About the show: In this collection of all new work, Borders, Michael Kurz investigates boundaries and markings that divide one space from another. “Within this theme, I am interested in exploring when one thing becomes something else, for example how a line on the ground can determine where we can and cannot park and then another line on the ground determines our citizenship.” Kurz explains that his interest in this theme started as a reaction to the border wall proposal in US presidential politics, but he expanded the concept during a flight from Mexico to the US. “I got an aerial view of the land below and I saw this patchwork of farms, residential areas, commercial areas and then I also saw how oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges cut through all of these distinct lines that humans make. It made me want to scrutinize what a border is.” Kurz explores borders of different types from large scale, physical barriers to lines that compartmentalize elements of our daily life. He applies his painterly sense of exploration and improvisation to the work, meandering between abstract and representational painting. A sense of wonder and discovery drive the artist to experiment continuously. “I hope that this work is engaging and multifaceted. This is a new approach for me as an artist to add some provocation to the aesthetic beauty I like to achieve in painting.”
My filmmaker friend, Seth Douglas, featured me and my art in a short documentary about people who follow their passion every day for work. I’m joined on screen by a choir director, comics writer, and drummer/photographer—pretty cool, huh? We filmed a year or two ago and seeing it again has got me thinking. Although it has taken a lot of persistence and patience for me to get where I’m at now, this documentary and my cameo reminds me that my day job is in fact my dream job. When the going gets tough, I often forget that. So it’s nice to get that reminder.
Still Life with Turkey Pie (Peter Claesz, 1627, oil on panel)
Biggie Patch Kidney P.I.E. (Christian Rex van Minnen, 2015, oil on linen)
A few weeks ago, I got to meet and check out the process of Colorado and NY artist Christian Rex Van Minnen—a painter who has adopted the classic portrait and still life techniques of Dutch Masters from the Golden Era. As you can tell, he makes some surrealist adjustments to the Dutch tradition.
The process of building up layer upon layer of transparent paint takes time and patience, but the result is really spectacular. Skin looks alive, objects have texture and depth. I’m excited to see where this goes for my own work.
Here’s my own work-in-progress. I didn’t have time to finish it in Colorado, but am returning to it in Portland some time this week.
At work on the glazing layer – Photo by Ian Edquist
Underpainting of beardo.
Grisaille (dead color) layer.
Work in progress.
Glazing the mustachio and hair up top.
Meeting Van Minnen was part of a week workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, CO. I was incredibly fortunate to return there this summer.
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Hardy commission on the wall.
Hardy commission on wall.
Eventide. Hall commission.
This year, I finished two large painting commissions: the Hardy Commission this Fall and the Hall Commission this month. These projects were exciting and the commissioners and I are happy about how they turned out. To start your own commission with me, read more information here. These works are an extension of my art and your taste. We work together to make a painting you will enjoy in your life.
I’ve been working on two exciting painting commissions. It’s been great to collaborate with these commissioners: first meeting to figure out what they love about paintings and continuously throughout the process until I make work that they’re proud to have in their homes. I’ll post the final products once they’re done, but for now, here is one of the works in progress.
If you’re interested in commissioning a work, find more info here.
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Time Will Speak. And Speak. And Speak. And Speak.
First Thursday, September 4th 5-9pm
Save the date for my art opening hosted by two neighboring spaces in downtown Portland: City Club and Cafe Viola. Come stop by to see new paintings and drawings and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages from the cafe.