The Bottle Works Art Works Gallery will exhibit "Variety" an exhibit by Kevin Kutz from March 7- April 5. Visit the Bottle Works on our 3rd Thursday Gallery Night on March 21 from 6-9 PM for the official exhibit opening, and to hear Kevin's Bluegrass group "the Amigos" perform.
Kevin Kutz was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1955. He began oil painting at the age of eight, under the guidance of Jean Slenker. He attended Carnegie Mellon University, studied with Robert Brackman - who had been a student of Robert Henri and George Bellows of the Ashcan School - and developed and maintained a personal and artistic relationship with Raphael Soyer until Soyer's death in 1987. Kevin was the 2009 Eben Demarest Trust Fund's Grantee, which allowed him to explore and paint many of the sites Thomas Cole and other Hudson River School painters had done nearly 150 years before. He has exhibited extensively and his art can be found in many public and private collections throughout the U.S.
Kevin has been a plein air artist for the last forty years, working an average of three sites per day, and approximately three hours at each site. Atmospheric conditions help dictate when and where he will set up his easel. After executing several thousand paintings outdoors, a consequence of which was skin cancer, Kevin has become an advocate for 100 SPF sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats.
Kevin had primarily been an ala prima painter, but now prefers to work simultaneously on several different paintings over a longer period of time.
Exhibit description: "After years of primarily being a plein air painter, I have changed my modes of artistic expression as a result of dealings with skin cancer. A back log of commission work has kept me indoors and helps support my habits of working in multimedia efforts and experimental exploration. I will always be a student and explore the endlessly fascinating means of expression."
Kevin Kutz Artist Statement
I often tell people that I have no style. This is my open door to continually explore different ideas and different mediums. My creative instinctual habits prompt me to play devil's advocate in taking the path least taken or go off the trail completely, pushing the envelope, or go altogether out of the box. Since commissions have kept me from true artistic endeavors, I've resorted to nonrepresentational abstracts dealing with formal aspects of art and abandoning subject matter focusing on things like pattern,color, light and dark, texture, line...the results are not as important as the efforts. I guess I will always be searching and never be satisfied.
Over 400 paintings were destroyed or damaged in a studio fire 10 years ago. Working out of that situation has put me in a different frame of mind related to the creative process. I believed that rather than pick up the pieces and start over from where I left off, the disaster became an opportunity to open new doors. I'll never be where I was, but things were getting too easy. Starting over in different mediums introduces me to new challenges.
I cleaned my chimney flue yesterday. A bucket of soot may act as a binder with an appropriate vehicle to make a suitable pigment. As soon as I finish writing this, I'm going to experiment. I live with 2 personal axioms: 1. Limitations are invitations.
I wonder what will happen if....?