Kurt Herrmann ( b. 1972, Lock Haven, USA ) is a painter from the mountains of Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work, but above all he is a colorist at heart. Two of his recent shows were featured in Time Out Chicago and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and solo shows for 2019 have included Australia’s Anala Art Gallery in Sydney and Penny Contemporary in Tasmania. “Blue Eyed Shark” will be his first solo show at James Oliver Gallery in Philadelphia, with additional shows scheduled this year at Sozo Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 12 Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. Although his exhibition schedule is increasingly international, Herrmann’s rural Pennsylvania roots continue to influence his work. “I’m very aware of the fact that even if a painting was initially inspired by something exotic, or an extremely personal event on the other side of the planet, all my work is filtered through my studio in the hills of Appalachia,” he explains. “The colors, silence, space, seasons, landscape, even the rednecks impact everything I make. It’s inescapable.”


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