Artist of the Week: Kurt Niederhaus
Describe your art: For the last couple of years I have been working on a series of paintings in a combination of acrylic and dry media.
One unifying element of these works is the choice of a neutral gray color as a base . From there came the idea to call this body of work ‘The Gray Agenda.’
In most of these paintings the gray background retains a strong presence offsetting largely black and white line drawings of figures in motion (sometimes juxtaposed with geometrical or architectural shapes) accentuated with bold strokes of often vivid colors that emphasize a sense of gesture and movement.
How long doing it? I have been drawing and painting pretty much my whole life.
For the last 8-10 years I have been attending life drawing/painting groups locally, where several artists get together for several hours and work from a model.
Before starting this series I concentrated for several years on creating digitally combining my own photographic material with painting and drawing.
These works have been shown in several venues locally as well as in the Bay Area and in Europe.
Why do you do it? In German there is a great word for it: ‘Schaffensfreude’ – it means the joy of being creative and productive.
What do you hope to accomplish? Share something of myself with an audience beyond the realm words.
Does my art convey a message? I suppose it does, but if I could express it in words I would probably not be painting.
Where do you want to be with this in the future? In the here and now .
Any special training required? In my early twenties I attended art school in Germany, where I grew up. After moving to Nevada County in the mid ’90s, I also took several (very inspiring) art classes at Sierra College which among other things introduced me to computers.
Favorite part? Painting and drawing.
Least favorite part? The business end of it – promoting myself, etc.
Time it takes? It seems like I never have enough time for it.
Is it hard to do? Some times yes other times no.
Other comments: My upcoming solo show of my most recent paintings is entitled ‘The Gray Agenda’ and will be at the Center for the Arts on 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley from August 12 -31. Viewing hours are every day 12-5 p.m. except Mondays.
An opening reception will be held 4-7 p.m. on August 17.
– The Union staff
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