Bruno Kurz was born in 1957 in Langenargen, Lake of Constance. He currently lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany. Kurz spent many years of studying art abroad in Egypt, Mexico Asia and India. In 1984 he began his teaching career with Foundation of ART work, courses for adults. Since 1987 he has given various lectures including at the College of Education (Ka), Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, the National Academy Schloss Rotenfels, and the European Art Academy in Trier.
His recent Lava series was produced after a 10 day trip to Iceland during the summer of 2013. While in Iceland, Kurz was heavily drawn to the pristine nature and awe inspiring landscapes.
The Argyll (2012) and Hebrides Cycles (2001 and 2012) were inspired by journies Kurz made in the winter of 1999 and then 2012 to the Hebrides, a cluster of islands off the coast of Scotland. In winter months Atlantic storms pound the western coast of Scotland and the days are short. Light changes quickly, clouds dart overhead, winds howl, tempestuous seas surround these sparsely populated isles. The series is characterized by expressive paintwork in which cracked surfaces, layers of colour and traces of pastose serve as contrast to a metallic background. Horizontal layers provide the colours a clear compositional order. The recent works from the Hebrides Cycle exude again their typical sense of contemplative calm. At the same time, their colour space appears to pulsate in fields of light. (Several paintings in this series are named after Lucifer, a deity in Roman myth who personified the Morning Star and whose name means ‘Light-Bringer’.) Reflective surfaces – consisting of resin, India ink glazes or transparent silk gauzes layered over a vertically delineated metal background – afford the works a striking luminosity and shimmering colour spectrum.
Depending on the incidence of light and position of the viewer, the paintings may be perceived in a variety of ways. The multiple viewpoints offered by the works are the hallmark of their vitality.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2012 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto
2011 Galerie Mollwo, Basel/Riehen, Switzerland
2010 Galerie Peerlings, Krefeld, Germany
Galerie Alfred Knecht, Karlsruhe, Germany
Galerie P13, Heidelberg, Germany
2009 Galerie Wesner, Konstanz, Germany
Galerie Fetzer, Sontheim an der Brenz, Germany
2008 Galerie Mollwo, Riehen
2007 Galerie Konigsblau, Stuttgart, Germany
2003 Galerie Alfred Knecht
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto
2011 Galerie Mollwo, Riehen, Germany
2010 Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany
Galerie Mollwo, Riehen
Galerie Schindel, Freiburg, Germany
2009 Galerie Mollwo, Riehen
2006 Galerie Mollwo, Riehen
2005 Galerie Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt, Germany
2003 Galerie Epikur, Wuppertal, Germany
1991 Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany
Scholarhips and Awards
2006 Project funding of the Federal Cultural Foundation Germany
2004 Co-Founder Exhibition Platform "Neuer Kunstraum Karlsruhe"
1998 Travel Grant for the project, "Heimat" to Northern Europe
1988/89 Grant from the Arts Foundation of Baden-Württemberg
1986 Project Grant from the Art Fund Bonn
1992/93 Postgraduate Studies in Interdisciplinary Media at Academy of Fine Art, Stuttgart
1981-87 State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany
1980 - 81 Independent College of Fine Art in Stuttgart, Germany
Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, Canada