New work for Gregg Kreutz Exhibition
Check out the great new paintings that Gregg Kreutz has been working on for his show this October with Quidley & Company galleries.
October 20-31, 2011 – 118 Newbury Street, Boston
Even though the paintings I’ve produced for this show are of different sizes, depict different subject matter, and are each exploring different color worlds, there is an underlying theme to them all that I hope gives the show a certain unity. Over the seven months it took to paint these pictures, I found myself repeatedly exploring the idea of movement. Movement in the sense I’m using the term means how the eye travels through the picture. Whether it’s moving from a near dark form towards a more distant more highly resolved subject (an effect I tried to achieve in the painting; In the Studio), moving in a circular motion around the canvas (Chess), moving from a dynamic foreground cluster to a subdued far off haze (Last Light in Arles), or moving into the distance as through a tunnel (Misty Woods), I always kept my eye on how I wanted the picture to be sequentially experienced. Ideally when the movement idea is fully realized—when paint, value, color, and brushwork all participate in a concentrated movement flow, paintings can take on a deep visual energy. That energy was what I was trying to capture in each of these canvases.
Gregg Kreutz was born in New York in 1947 and raised in Wisconsin. Prior to beginning his career as an artist he studied English at New York University. After graduating, he took classes at the Art Student’s League in New York with David A. Leffel, who was particularly influential to him. He earned a merit scholarship to continue his studies at the Art Student’s League of New York, where he studied oil painting with Frank Mason and Robert Beverly Hale.
An extremely versatile artist whose broad body of work includes portraits, still lifes, landscapes as well as genre scenes, both urban and rural; Kreutz works with oil. He finds the physicality of this medium a tool for creating illusion and mystery in his work. His paintings place special emphasis on light, shadow and atmosphere, carried out through an energetic brushstroke. The artist explores a variety of themes including several images of the artist at work. His portraiture offers the viewer an emotive glimpse into someone else’s mind. Kreutz has participated in both solo and group exhibitions across the country and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Merit Award from the National Portrait Society of America.
Kreutz is actively involved in teaching as well as painting. He is an instructor of painting and drawing at the Art Student’s League in New York City and has been an instructor at several other institutions nationwide. Kreutz is also the author of the highly regarded book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters, which has been in publication for over twenty years. Kreutz has been a contributing author for several publications including American Artist and has produced a series of instructional videos widely used by artists. Outside of painting, the artist is also an accomplished playwright whose work has been performed worldwide.
On his art he states, “For me, painting is an opportunity to learn what is meaningful. Each picture is a visual separation of the highly significant from the less significant. Painting is really a window to the essential.”