Erich by Kurt Anderson
Oil on Canvas
Featured in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, August 17 – September 19, 2020
RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas
“This portrait of my friend Erich Erving was painted in my studio over two sessions, each about 4-5 hours. He has posed for group sessions, but I was alone when I painted this portrait, so I was able to take my time in lighting and arranging the composition. That made a huge difference and allowed me to really think through those subtle elements of gesture and expression that spoke to this individual’s personality.
“As with all my paintings, I love to work directly from life. Something happens when responding directly to the physical world. I think it is partly due to the loss of perfect control, and the need to continually make choices about exactly what ever-changing nuance of what you are seeing that you want to include.”
This painting is currently hanging at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, as part of the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Anderson is just coming off a term as president of the OPA where he has won top honors and served on the board of directors since 2010.
Anderson is an oil painter who works in many genres – floral, landscape, figurative and portrait. He is represented in many major collections and galleries. His 20-foot mural Prairie Sky is on permanent display at the library of Iowa State University. Anderson’s official portrait commissions range from the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court to the president of Iowa State University.
Anderson is the author or contributing author of eight books on painting, including his most recent book Expression by Design – The Art of Kurt Anderson available through his website.
Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, Utah
Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St. Augustine, Florida
Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama