THE MIRACLE OF FLIGHT!
August 1st-31th, 2013
Reception: Thursday August 8th, 6-9pm
This exhibition of well established master etcher and surrealist painter Rudolf Kurz presents images that depict birds, insects, wings, feathers or just the act of flying: the evolution of birds from dinosaurs – snails with wings – a hot air balloon – a parachute carrying an embryo – the artist himself, thirty years ago, when he still had feathers…
Rudolf works with a delicate touch and a macabre sense of humour. His small, exquisitely detailed prints and offbeat, elegant paintings are inspired by surrealism and the art of Medieval and Renaissance Northern Europe. This is his fifth solo exhibition.
He is also known as a muralist and as an author and illustrator of books for children and adults. Looking for Snails on a Sunday Afternoon, a monograph of his etchings, was short listed for best book design from all over the world 2006 at the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs.
Originally trained as a medical doctor in his native Germany, Rudolf later studied painting at the Art Student’s League in New York. After traveling extensively in Europe and South East Asia he emigrated to Canada thirty years ago. Rudolf and his wife Catherine now divide their time between Toronto and the village of MacTier in the Muskokas.