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Contemporary Art Gallery
Fredericksburg, Texas

Kurtis Karr

Mixed Media Panels/Paintings/Painted Textiles

I love experimenting with unconventional mediums in a constant effort to capture a sense of the magical. My work is primarily textural incorporating a subtle intermingling of regular patterns and amorphous shimmering colors.

As far as art education is concerned, I am mostly self-taught.  I did however take several traditional art classes throughout my early school and college years.  But not until the last few years did I ever had the courage to use much color and texture in my work or to delve into the purely abstract.  It was a sort of an early mid-life crisis, I suppose. Whatever the case, I love it.  I would never again consider doing anything that lacked color and texture or was purely representational.

*SOLD* Archetypal Transmogrification Series
Crochet, Mixed Media on Panel 4'x5'

*SOLD* Archetypal Transmogrification Series
Crochet, Mixed Media on Panel 4'X5'
I am sometimes asked what I was thinking about when I was creating a particular piece.  I suppose I could try to make something up that sounded deeply intellectual or spiritual but, in truth, I strive not to think about anything at all.  This is a very old technique to which I was introduced in martial arts known as mushin. If I permit myself to be influenced by thoughts or preconceived notions about what a piece should be or how a piece should look, it almost always appears artificial or contrived.

Some people might accuse me of having A.D.(H.)D. but I keep my work fresh by continually experimenting with new techniques, materials or mediums.  I usually produce only limited series of a particular style of work.  If I develop a specific process or system for creating a piece, I feel my work is inexorably beginning to lose its spontaneity and ultimately, its joy of creation.

I usually don't name my individual pieces other than a number in a particular series.  I feel that to name my pieces would be misleading or confusing.  My work is about itself only. If one of my pieces do seem to evoke a particular image, mood or idea, it is consciously unintentional on my part.  It is more likely that people see in them a reflection of their own moods, dreams or ideas much like that infamous ink-blot test.  Each piece is meant to be its own autonomous universe full of nebulous depth and primordial magic.

Craft Items

If you've browsed this site, you've probably noticed many of the objets d'art displayed on colorfully painted doilies and tablecloths. This is another sideline that I do.  I take antique and vintage crochet and decorate them with fabric paints, glitter and other embellishments.  I consider them craft items as they are meant to be functional.  However, they are often interesting enough to display on the wall as works of art.  This is an original concept I conceived as a means of "bridging the gap" between the traditional and the contemporary - which closely mirrors what we are trying to do here in Fredericksburg.  These painted doilies and tablecloths have been one of our most popular sellers.

Also See:

  • Translucent Heads - I've turned recycled glass mannequin heads into an interesting, albeit strange, art form.
  • Translucent Torsos and More - Same idea as the heads only bigger.
  • Stained Plexi-Glass (Plexiglas®) - A quick treatment for ugly windows.
  • Recycled Quilt Art - This is a concept similar to the doily/tablecloth idea.  I rescue tired old quilts and revitalize them with extensive painting and embellishing into an entirely new art form.
  • Fiber and Bead Dolls - Should a grown man be playing with dolls? Well, in my defense, they aren't really for play.

*Why do I get more pages than everybody else?  Simple, I maintain the web site! ;)

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The photographs shown here are by no means a comprehensive inventory of the works we currently have for sale by this artist. They are meant merely as a representative cross-section of this artist's creations. Also, not all pieces shown here are necessarily still available. Each piece is an original one-of-a-kind artwork. Once it is sold, it is gone for good. If you are interested in more information about this particular artist and the works we currently have available, please Contact Us.

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Kurtis Karr, Fredericksburg, Texas - Mixed Media Panels, Paintings, and Painted Textiles