Today we’d like to introduce you to Stan Kurth.
Stan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a third generation native Arizonan and painted my first oil painting in May of 1954 when I was three and a half years old, thanks to my aunt who furnished me with supplies and a lot of encouragement. I’ve been painting ever since. It hasn’t been easy though. The actual painting part is something I’ve always had to do, but as I grew older, I struggled with fears it might not be viable as a career.
I had many reasons for these fears, but in retrospect none of them were so bad I couldn’t have willed my way through them. Instead, I painted in the proverbial closet for years and during the time I was attending Northern Arizona University I filled all of my free electives with art classes while earning a bachelor’s degree in history and English literature. There’s not a whole lot you can do with that degree so I took a job manufacturing CATV cable. That lasted for about 3 years when one morning before work I was sitting on a forklift in the warehouse when a co-worker came up to me and said, “You know Stan, you’re a lifer here…” to which I replied, “You’re wrong, Dennis! I quit!” After returning to school and taking more art classes for a year it came time to find employment. I found a job listing in the Arizona Republic for a layout artist with no experience necessary just send drawing samples. I sent samples and I got the job. For 35 years I did both graphic art and fine art, with graphic art putting the food on the table. In 2003 I was diagnosed with cancer. Since then I’ve been cancer free and also made painting the number one priority in my life.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Intuitive painting is the act of making marks and spreading pigment on a surface until it conveys a personal aesthetic. There is no predetermined finish or elaborate planning. My paintings are expressions of my life experience, everything which has touched and moved me along a path to the latest work. If the work fails to speak visually, no amount of esoteric rhetoric here will change it. The elements and principles of design still apply. Painting is a discipline which requires passion, devotion, focus and an undying spirit of pursuing something which will never be attained.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
Without question, it’s marketing. In this time of rapid-fire information dissemination, selling art is a highly competitive business for dealers and artists alike. Throw in the influence of the international auction houses, the constantly growing upper crust art fairs and similar wannabe exhibitions, and what you have are collectors at all levels as diverse as the spectrum. As an artist you have to know where you fit or what you are gravitating towards. If you’re an artist like me whose work is not particularly flying off the gallery walls and you haven’t been tagged by Mary Boone, you’re probably spending a lot of time marketing your own work. You have to keep on top of it. The bottom line has always been the same. If your work is good It’s going to sell but you still have to get it out there where millions of other “good” artists are vying for the same attention. It’s time consuming and at the end of the day you have to have created something to sell as well.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my work at Esprit Decor Gallery, http://www.espritdecor.com. You can see my work online at https://stankurth.com where there are social media links as well. You can come to my studio. Call for an appointment.
- Address: 6924 W. Juniper Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382
- Website: https://stankurth.com
- Phone: 623-533-4580
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kurthzone/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stanley.kurth
Ron Rinaldi (was only for my profile shot)