Our December exhibit features the work of painter Curt Gander
Curt Gander is best known for his plein-air paintings of urban scenes. Plein-air is the act of painting outside the studio, working directly on site at the locations represented in the final work. Gander’s exhibit, Hutchinson Perspective II pays homage to the city of Hutchinson. He masterfully reveals the same reverent approach to the area’s most recognizable, important landmarks as he does with more “mundane” locations. The result is an illumination on both our past and present daily lives. Selections from his Viewing the Viewer series are also included in this exhibit – a series capturing viewers examining important art works at the MiA
Get to know more about Curt and his process in our 5 question series.
Describe your work in 15 words or less Painterly representational, mostly urban oil paintings depicting as-found images of character.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? My 27″ monitor works very well when I do studio paintings using reference photos. The colors and values are truer than a print, and it allows me to zoom in to specific area. It is the next best thing to painting from life.
What is your dream project? Extended, fully funded and commissioned visual survey through plein-air paintings comparing the country and urban landscapes of Cuba and Spain.
Who is your favorite artist? I really admire the works of Carl Bretzke. He does some amazing plein-air nocturnes. I also enjoy the paintings of Timothy Horn, who has a great sense of light and value. Both artists paint scenes similar to what I seek out and are great inspirations.
Hutchinson Perspective 2 is on display December 4 – December 31, 2017. Join us for a reception for the artist from 5:30 -7:00 on December 14th. There will be an informal gallery talk around 6:15.