The painter Bruce Kurland passed away yesterday evening at the age of 75.
Bruce has been a great mentor and friend to me, and his painting influence has guided my development as an artist. The eloquent Anthony Bannon has painted a nice portrait of Bruce's unique life with this article.
Although Bruce is gone, he has left many of us with so much. His insightful wisdom and beautiful paintings will always live on. A new book of his work entitled "Illusion and the Little World" will be released in the upcoming month. You can pre-order this retrospective collection of images and impressions here.
"This is the Dark Ages for painting, man," Bruce would occasionally remark during our conversations. This was an effective reminder of the challenges facing a quiet painter in today's loud digital world. His inspiration will continue to push me and my passion.
You will be greatly missed Brucey.
Great news to report! I will be exhibiting at Kenan Center in Lockport, NY from July 28th thru September 8th. The opening will be this Sunday, July 28th from 2-5pm. Despite the extremely short notice, I hope some of you can make it out for the festivities. 18 of my paintings will be hung, with a combination of both landscape and still life works. Thank you to Kenan Center for the wonderful opportunity to show my recent paintings!
With the new year upon us, and the mid-Winter restless blues kicking in, I've decided to start a series of small landscapes on board. A few George Inness books have recently been added to my library, and consequently my spacial brain has been running on overload. I'm not quite sure where this group of work will lead me, but I will certainly be exploring a handful of different ideas in the upcoming months. Updates to follow, and possibly some works in progress to share.
I wish you all a productive and joy-filled 2013!
As many Buffalonians already know, the Echo Art Fair will be returning this Summer. The juried fine art exposition will be held in the Larkin Center of Commerce on the 7th & 8th of July. You can learn more here. A number of new still life paintings have been finished in the studio and will be on display (and for sale) at the event. You can also find images of the new work posted to the left side of the page. Thank you to my good friend Grace Meibohm for the opportunity to show my latest work. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Thank you to the kind folks at Alpha Gallery for the splendid opening reception of my show "Bliss". It was absolutely wonderful to see so many Boston friends from years past turn out for the show. A wonderful weekend indeed, and a sincere thank you to everyone who was a part of it!
Finally! My new landscape paintings are complete and have officially been posted. You'll find their titles to the left. All 11 new pieces will be included in my upcoming show "Bliss". Come see them in person starting next Saturday at Alpha Gallery. Cheers!
I'm excited to announce an upcoming solo show featuring my latest landscape work. "Bliss" will run from April 7th thru May 2nd at Alpha Gallery in Boston, MA. Ten new paintings to finish in the next few weeks so I'll be posting updates soon. Also, for any New Englanders who may be interested, the opening will be held on Saturday the 7th from 3-5pm. I hope you can make it! Now back to painting!
If you find yourself near Rochester, NY this Fall, please feel free to swing by my upcoming exhibit at SUNY Geneseo's Lockhart Gallery. "Landscape & Still Life Paintings" opens on September 10th and will run through October 6th.
So where are all the new paintings and website updates? Fair enough question. No, the dog days of Summer have not swallowed me up with hammock delegated laziness. In fact I believe I'm currently biting off more than I can chew. The studio has been completely gutted, windows and a door added, and an outdoor roofed porch attached. Sadly, no paintings have been completed during this madness. However, come this Fall & Winter my new and improved indoor/outdoor digs will be housing an onslaught of new work. So stay tuned!
Thanks to those who attended my lecture and workshop at University of Buffalo today. Very nice to meet all of you! Sadly, the event coincided with the closing of "Figuration & Its Disconnects." I hope some of you had a chance to get over to the Center For The Arts to scope the show this Spring.
Thank you to everyone who came out for the "Figuration & Its Disconnects" opening last night at University of Buffalo's Center For The Arts. It was great to catch up with many familiar faces as well as meet a handful of new interesting Buffalonians. Kudos to the curators as the exhibit looked mighty fine as a whole despite displaying a wide variety of powerful works. In particular, James A. Allen's eerie cutout dancing figures were just wonderful to see in person. I hope all of you in the Buffalo area have a chance to get over to UB before May 14th to see for yourselves.
A couple quick pics below for those who live in distant lands. The first image shows Mr. Adam Weekley and myself beside our respective displays. The second photo more clearly depicts the arrangement of my still life work.
Just posted two of the newest still life paintings that will be in the upcoming UB exhibit. You can find them in my Still Life gallery to the left. Hope to see you all at the opening next Thursday! For more information on the show you can head here: UB Art Galleries. And be prepared for a giant image of a starling...
I'm honored to announce the upcoming exhibition “Figuration & Its Disconnects” at UB Art Gallery. A selection of my recent still life paintings will be included in the show. A public reception will be held Thursday, February 17th, from 5 to 7pm. The show will run through May 14, 2011. The gallery is located in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on their North Campus, and their hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm.
More information via the press release: "The twentieth century bore witness to the upheavals of continuous war, the Space Age, the Civil Rights’ and Women’s movements, decolonization, ecological devastation, and the rise of mass media. "Figuration and its Disconnects” explores how we relate to each other, and even inanimate objects, in such a world. The exhibition pairs work from the university’s permanent collection by Leon Golub, Libby Hague, Lester Johnson, and William Scott with work by Western New York-based artists James A. Allen, Roberley Bell, Amanda Besl, Jonathan Daly, Andrew Engl, Richard Huntington, John Linder, Nathan Naetzker, Kurt Von Voetsch, and Adam Weekly that includes drawings, paintings, and an immersive installation."
Thank you to curators Sandra Firmin and Bob Scalise for including me in such a great show!
Happy New Year! A small show to announce: "Local Color" will be opening on Friday, January 14th, at ACWC Gallery in Perry, NY. The exhibition will be showcasing the artists who live and work here in rural Wyoming County. "In the Shadows" and "Bliss Garage" will be hanging there for the next month, so if you find yourself in the Silver Lake area swing on in for a visit.
Thanks to all of you who attended the opening of Placement last friday night. So many familiar faces to celebrate with! A truly wonderful evening and, as always, thank you for your continuous support. Also, a special thanks to Christopher Henneberger for his documentation of the evening's festivities, including the above photo. You can find his photography portfolio here: ChristopherHenneberger.com.
A quick reminder that the opening reception for my show Placement is tomorrow evening. Hope to see you there! I've just updated the website with the new work as well. So if you can't make it to glorious Buffalo in the next month or so, you can view the virtual show right here. Enjoy!
The invitation for Placement:
Great news! A one man show at Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery at Villa Maria College in Buffalo this November and December. Thank you to a couple of Buffalo's finest, Adam Weekley and Brian Duffy, for the opportunity to get all the new paintings out of my studio. Further details coming soon...