Curtis Cutshaw

BIOGRAPHY

Curtis Cutshaw

Born: Edmonton, Alberta 1967


About the work

Cutshaw began this series when he decided that he wanted to make paintings that did not rely on the removal of touch. Fractured and deconstructed images on individual birch wood tiles create a sense of removal of purpose. Scratched, rubbed, marked, erased and distressed images hint at repurposing and the multiple pieces appear to have had a history, where in fact the artist creates them. The viewers’ mind wants to reassemble the pieces and use what is there to create what is not there.  Cutshaw does not allow for the accidental. The works may appear spontaneous, yet every piece, every mark; whether it is painted, drawn or scratched, is intentional and created by the artist. The artists’ touch, his hand and his construction are at the center of each work.

Cutshaw has an ongoing dialogue with the picture plane.  Depending on what the artist does with each piece in the painting, he either adds to or denies spacial reference. A mark scratched into the surface flattens the picture plane, denying illusionistic space, bringing the viewers’ eye to the surface; whereas half of a circle implies the whole creating illusionistic space. Through Cutshaw’s paintings, the viewer can experience this dichotomy and the viewer is able to see one choice; a thousand choices; through assemblage. Each shape is a record of a moment that can be seen, experienced, and arrived at.


Education

Curtis Cutshaw received his B.F.A from the Alberta College of Art + Design.  While still a student, Cutshaw was accepted into the New York Loft Program where he was mentored by well known American artists Peter Halley and David Diao. After graduation, Cutshaw attended the prestigious summer residency program at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, USA. At Skowhegan Cutshaw was mentored by British artist John Walker, as well as American artists Terry Winters, Connie Fox, Judy Rifka, Leon Golub and Bill King.  Cutshaw also attended the International Artist Workshops in Emma Lake, Saskatchewan. Cutshaw has shown across the United States, Canada and internationally. His work is in numerous public and private collections including Nordstrom, Alberta Foundation for The Arts, Cenovus Energy, Encana Corporation, Mount Royal University, Shell Limited, and Wilson Laycraft LLP.

1989 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, USA Summer Residency Program

1989 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Canada, Diploma of Painting (with Distinction)

1988      Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, New York, NY, USA New York Loft Program

1986 Red Deer College, Red Deer, AB, Canada Summer Painting Residency Program

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017       Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Group Show, Vancouver BC

2017      50, solo show.  Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2017      Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2017      20 Years Kostuik Gallery, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2016      Construct, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2015      Backroom, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2015      Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2014 Levels and Constructs, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2014 HK Summer 14 Group Show, The Painters, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2014 Winter Group Show, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2013 Group Show, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2013 Art Rise. The Art Gallery of Calgary.

2013 Art for Food-Group Show. Herringer Kiss Gallery 2013 Winter Group Show. Herringer Kiss Gallery

2012 Watermark, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2012 Art for Food- Group Show. Herringer Kiss Gallery

2012 Watermark, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB

2012 Indigo, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2011 Art for Food-Group Show Herringer Kiss Gallery

2011 Pull, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2010 Fresh Paint, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition, AB 2010 Sketchbook Project, Art House Coop, Brooklyn NY

2009 Group Exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2008 Summer Group Exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC 2007 Group Show, Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland

2007 The Dowsing Rod Series, Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB 2007 Blindspot, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

The Dowsing Rod Series, SKEW Gallery, Calgary AB 2006 Advent, Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland

Curtis Cutshaw New Work, Halde Galerie, Widen Switzerland 2005 Sprung: Group Exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

Breathing Light, Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB

2004 Wet Paint, Group Show, Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB

A Hundred Cares, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC 2001 Royer Group, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Abstraction, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary, AB 2000 Fresh, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC 1998 Miramar, Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, Calgary, AB

1997 Four Independents, Deacon Ulrich Fine Arts, Calgary, AB

1995 CUTSHAW, HALLIDAY, KOTTMANN, Sebastian Yoon Fine Arts, Calgary, AB

1992 Miramar, New Paintings by Curtis Cutshaw, 371 Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary 1989 Twenty Painters, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture,Skowhegan, Maine, USA

Graduating Students Exhibition, Alberta College of Art, Main Gallery, Calgary, AB

The First Annual Awards Reception Show, Alberta College of Art, Student Gallery, Calgary, AB

Fusion, Mount Royal College, Calgary, AB

Nineteen in 89-ACA Painting Graduates, Mixed Media Gallery, Calgary, AB

Works on Paper, Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC 1988 Group Show, Alberta College of Art, Student Gallery, Calgary, AB

Four Painters: Curtis Cutshaw, Barbra Leidl, Yvonne Markotic, Brenda Whiteman, DL Gallery, Calgary, AB

Pentimental, Alberta College of Art, Student Gallery, Calgary, AB

1987 Twenty Paintings by Curtis Cutshaw, Alberta College of Art, Mall Gallery, Calgary Awards

 

The Alberta Award

Laura Mae Stillings Award

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Benniy & Smith Canada LTD. Award

Illingworth Kerr Scholarship, New York Loft Program Calgary Sketch Club Award

 

 

Art Fairs

 

2017      TIAF, Toronto International, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Toronto ON

2016      Context Art Miami, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Miami FL

2014 TIAF, Toronto International, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Toronto ON

2012 artMRKT San Francisco, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, San Francisco CA 2011 Art Miami, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Miami FL

2011    TIAF, Toronto International, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Toronto ON 2010    TIAF, Toronto International, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Toronto ON 2007      Photo Miami, SKEW Gallery, Miami FL

2006 Photo Miami, Miami Basel, Miami FL

 

Collections

Alberta Foundation For The Arts Encana

Cenovus Canada Mount Royal University Shell Canada Limited

Wilson Laycraft LLP

Nordstrom

Various Private Collections

 

Press

2017      Galleries West- Curtis Cutshaw 50

2017      Canadian Art- Must See Show Curtis Cutshaw

2017      Critics at Large- Tectonic: The Quantum Paintings of Curtis Cutshaw. Donald Brackett.

2016      Alberta Foundation for the Arts- Influential Artists Nomination 2016

2014      Fast Forward Weekly

2014      Avenuecalgary.ca Avenue Magazine

2014      Beatroute.ca- Arteries

2014      Wherevent.ca

2014      Canadian Art Magazine. Montreal, Canada.

2014      Galleries West

2012      Artsy-Dartsy.com

2012      Vancouver Magazine- Artist invents new way of drawing.

2012      Art Pr Wire

2012 Swerve Magazine April 2012

2012 Preview the Gallery Guide, review April 2012, Mia Johnson

2007 Scott Rogers, Strange Creatures: Curtis Cutshaw’s subtle, energetic works, FFWD Weekly, May 24 2007      Nancy Tousley, Divining a new way of Drawing, Calgary Herald, May 20, 2007, C4

2007      Canadian Art Magazine.

2007      National Post- Blindspot

2005 Emily Barnett, Art & Style: A Guild to Art for the Home, Beautiful Homes Magazine, Dec. 2005,

Nice Homes Magazine, May 2005 Page 32.

Curtis Cutshaw, Galleries West Magazine, Summer 2005 Page 30.

2004 CBC News, Evening News, Vancouver, BC.Lin Connery, The Next Wave: Calgary’s Rising Young      Artists Calgary Herald, Sept.4, 2000, pg AG1 AG2.

1988 Kate Zimmerman, Travel Broadens Students' Vistas, The Calgary Herald, April 22, 1989, Sec D, p7

 

Professional Development

2001 Saskatchewan Invitational Artist's Workshop University of Saskatchewan, Kenderdine Campus, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan

 

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