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My process is predominantly intuitive. I move pigment around on a surface until it conveys what I feel. There is no predetermined finish or elaborate planning. My paintings are expressions of my life experience, everything which has touched me and moved me along a path to the latest work. If a work does not speak visually, no amount of esoteric rhetoric here will change it. Painting is a discipline which requires passion, devotion, focus and an undying spirit of pursuing something which will never be attained.

 
"There's a complex simplicity in Stan Kurth's paintings that is both paradoxical and straightforward. As he works with multiple layers of watercolor and gesso, his provocative images emerge. Ambiguity and form coalesce into a singular, cohesive vision that holds the viewer spellbound"

                    Betsy Dillard Stroud - Watercolor Masters and Legends: Secrets, Stories and Techniques from 34 Visionary Artists

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona and have lived in the area all my life, except four years in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University earning a degree in History and English Literature. My aunt, an artist and art instructor, inspired me when I had not yet started school. I have drawn and painted all my life, and live with the conviction "fear not" as I evolve in my work. My art is represented in private, public and corporate collections, and I've shown in numerous local, national and international juried exhibitions including the National Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, International Society of Acrylic Painters, San Diego Watercolor Society International, Arizona Watercolor Association, Arizona Artists Guild, and Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona. I'm a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona and Arizona Watercolor Association. My work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist. I enjoy teaching workshops, giving presentations and demonstrating my process

 

Select Juried Group Exhibitions and Awards

March 28, 2016 - May 12, 2016        Best of Show
West Valley Art Museum Celebration of Artists 2016
Peoria City Hall Art Gallery, Peoria, AZ
Juror: Darlene Goto

January 29, 2016 - March 13, 2016        Juror's Award (2nd Place)
ARIZONA AQUEOUS XXX
Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ
Juror: Rogena Degge

October 24 – December 20, 2015
95th Annual National Watercolor Society International Exhibition      
National Watercolor Society Gallery, San Pedro, California
Jurors of Acceptance: Judi Betts (Chairperson), David Poxon, Soon Y. Warren

October 2015        Honorable Mention
Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona Fall Exhibition
Peoria City Hall Gallery, Peoria, AZ
Juror: Kim Johnson Nechtman

October 2015         Signature Status
San Diego Watercolor Society 35th Annual International Exhibition
SDWS Gallery, San Diego, CA
Juror: Donna Zagotta

April 2015         Phoenix Symphony Award
Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Exhibition
Burton Barr Library, Phoenix, AZ
Juror: Eric Weigardt

January 2015      Honorable Mention
Glendale Art Council 52nd Annual Juried fine Arts Exhibition
Saguaro Ranch Park, Glendale, Arizona
Juror: Cynthia Peterson

October 2014         Best in Show
San Diego Watercolor Society 34th International Exhibition
San Diego Watercolor Society Gallery, San Diego, California
Juror: William "Skip" Lawrence

October 2014        Arizona Art Supply Award
Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona Fall Exhibition
Fountain Hills Community Center, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Juror: Jason Horejs

May 2014         Honor Award
Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Exhibition
Scottsdale Artists' School, Scottsdale, AZ
Juror: Trish Mayberry

April 2014        Phoenix Symphony Award
39th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Fountain Hills Community Center - Fountain Hills, Arizona
Juror: Cheng-Khee Chee

November - December 2013       Combined Donors Award III
93rd Annual National Watercolor Society International Exhibition
National Watercolor Society Gallery, San Pedro, California
Jurors of Acceptance: Gerald Brommer (Chairperson), Kathleen Conover, Dean Mitchell
Juror of Awards: Roxana Velásquez Martínez del Campo (Executive Director, San Diego Museum of Art)

October 2013        Mary Lou Harvey Memorial Award
Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona Fall Juried Exhibition
Fountain Hills Community Center, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Juror: Trish Mayberry

June 2013        David Gale Memorial Award (second place)
38th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Irving Art Center - Irving, Texas
Juror: Mark Mehaffey

October 2012     Juror's Choice Award
Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Exhibition
Home and Design Idea Center, Scottsdale, AZ
Juror: Carl Purcell

April 2012      Merchant Award
Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Exhibition
Burton Bar Library
Juror: Kim Johnson

February 2012      Second Place Acrylic
Glendale Art Council 49th Annual Juried fine Arts Exhibition
Saguaro Ranch Park, Glendale, Arizona
Juror: Sebastiao Pereira

October 2011       Signature Status 
91st Annual National Watercolor Society International Exhibition
National Watercolor Society Gallery, San Pedro, California
Jurors of Acceptance: Ted Nuttall (chairman), Mary Ann Beckwith, Judy Morris

July 2011        Citra Solve Award
14th Annual International Society of Acrylic Painters Open Exhibition
Santa Cruz Art League Gallery, Santa Cruz, California
Juror: Betsy Dillard Stroud

May 2011        New Mexico Watercolor Society Southern Chapter Award
36th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Fine Arts Building – Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Juror: Dale Laitinen

May 2010       Merchant Award
Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Exhibition
Burton Bar Library
Juror:  Tom Francesconi

October 2010        Best of Show
Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Exhibition
Fountain Hills Community Center
Juror:  Ted Nuttall

May 2010        David Gale Memorial Award (second place)
35th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah
Juror: Carla O’Connor

April 2010        Award of Excellence
Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Exhibition
Arizona Artists Guild Gallery
Juror:  Michael Schlicting

October 2009        Merchant Award
Arizona Watercolor Association Fall Exhibition
Fountain Hills Community Center
Juror:  Charles Harrington

May 2009 Award of Excellence
34th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition
NTC Promenade at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, San Diego, California
Juror: Robert Burridge

April-May 2009        Best of Show
Arizona Watercolor Association Spring Exhibition
Glendale Adult Center, Glendale Arizona
Juror: Betsy Dillard Stroud

October 2008        Best of Show
Contemporary Watercolorists of Arizona 38th Juried Exhibition
Fountain Hills Community Center, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Juror: Betty Braig

February 2008        First Place Water Media
Glendale Art Council 45th Annual Juried fine Arts Exhibition
Saguaro Ranch Park, Glendale, Arizona
Juror: Tom Herbert

 

 


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