I learned how to build up a painting from my father
Featured Artist Michael Kutzer
Easter, oil on acrylic, 17.6 x 13, 1988
I was born in 1941 in Germany. After studying ancient languages at Gymnasium, I went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and to the College of Education in Ludwigsburg to study Painting and Art Teaching. In 1975 I received a Grant from the State of Baden-Württemberg for six semesters and studied Painting and Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts and Art History at the University of Stuttgart.
For 25 years I worked as an Art Teacher at the Jörg-Ratgeb High School, Stuttgart, at last as a Deputy Principal. Since February 2004 I haave lived in Wisconsin, where I received permanent residence and became a member of WP&S.
I learned how to build up a painting from my father, the animal painter, Heinrich Kutzer, who had studied the techniques of the old masters in Berlin. In addition to painting I work also in etching and wood- and linocut. A lot of colored pencil drawings refer to my trips to Denmark, France, Italy and Poland. I’m also producing tarot decks in all the named techniques.
I had many solo and group exhibitions in Germany (i.e. Stuttgart, Tübingen, Hannover, Bamberg), Denmark (Grenaa, Roskilde, Anholt) and the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee.
For many years, I preferred a very detailed symbolic style in a mixture of still life and landscape with crabs, dolls and cemeteries. But when I discovered the beauty of the lake shore at Cudahy, I was so fascinated, that I changed for the first time to pure landscape painting. I’m not primarily interested in large panoramas, but in details like a cliff, a ravine or a group of trees.
I also changed my technique from oil painting to acrylic, as this color system is forcing me to a more open and not so finicky painting. All paintings of the last two years are related to the lakefront and the wonderful forest of Warnimont and Grant Parks.
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