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Land's End 5
Acrylic and synthetic organza on metal : 28 x 28 inches ( 71 x 71 cm)
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Signed & dated "B.Kurz 2010" (on the reverse)


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Bruno Kurz
German,

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

 

Education

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