Michael Kutzer

Artist Biography and Statement:

I started painting at 15 and being now 75 doesn’t make it easy to write a statement about my art. Somebody not knowing me might see a lot of changes and inconsistencies, but to me all is coherent, always me. At first I didn’t know if I should become a painter or a writer and until now my art is swinging between more conventional genres like still-life and landscape and a more narrative work.

My study of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart supported this polarization, as the education at the academy was rather diversified: I learned painting, printmaking, pottery, bookbinding and even bronze casting. What remained was painting and printmaking (woodcutting and especially all kinds of etching). Generally said, I painted still-lives creating a body of special objects like crabs, mussels, snail shells and dolls or landscapes like ruins and cemeteries. All these subjects had also a symbolic meaning, but when I wanted to go really narrative I preferred printmaking and made illustrations to J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, tarot cards or my Memento Mori book.

When I came to Wisconsin in 2004, I was so overwhelmed by the forests and bluffs, that I, for the first time, painted pure landscapes. I also made an etching series about the lakeshore. Then the swing to the narrative started again. I found a book about painted targets from the 18th and 19th century. This inspired

Michael Kutzer
Doll for Nasty Children by Michael Kutzer
Doll for Nasty Children
13 x 10 in.
Inhabitants of the Past by Michael Kutzer
Inhabitants of the Past
11.5 x 8 in.
Lakeshore I by Michael Kutzer
Lakeshore I
Lakeshore II by Michael Kutzer
Lakeshore II
Lakeshore III by Michael Kutzer
Lakeshore III
Lakeshore IV by Michael Kutzer
Lakeshore IV
23.75 x 12.25 in.
Not Meant for the Public by Michael Kutzer
Not Meant for the Public
11.5 x 8 in.
Security by Michael Kutzer
11.6 x 9.4 in.
The Bear by Michael Kutzer
The Bear
12 x 13 in.
The Rebel by Michael Kutzer
The Rebel
27.6 x 20 in.