Self Taught Artist
"My role is to speak my truth through images.
My challenge is to do so without being appropriated by an unforgiving system."
Self Taught Artist, Richard Kurtz, American born 1955,Newark, NJ
“Richard Kurtz paints prolifically on almost any substrate he can find.
Appropriating everything from children’s books to football
helmets, vintage flash cards to large pieces of leftover plywood, Kurtz
combines pictorial characters with hand-written aphorisms. His cadre of
characters includes boxers, comic book heroes, and sexy ladies in
corsets: all raw, mythic foils, and each presents a confrontation between
boyish naiveté and world-weary wisdom, between fairy tale idealization
and crude reality.” Clayton Porter THE Magazine
Oxnard, CA Studio 2018 • Photo © Jennifer Esperanza
“In Richard Kurtz’s work aggressive vixens, wrestlers and
heroes occupy canvas, and found objects in bright colors and
bits of painted texts. These characters are repeated mantras in
Kurtz’s work, and serve as springboards for new characters.
These new characters create a dialogue with the male psyche
and serve as a reaction to our culture’s perception of power
among the sexes.” Catherine Haley Epstein
REPOSITORY 212: RICHARD KURTZ | WRESTLERS AND GOLDEN BOOKS
Richard Kurtz • Oxnard, CA Studio 2017