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Curtis Cutshaw

“My work is unseen in its formation. Unlike generations of abstraction, my work is not drawn from the self. My work is not a representation of a mark taken from my hand alone and the inner self is initially unrelated to the creation of the line.

It is drawn from a vertical and horizontal connection to nature, unseen with the eye but felt with the soul.Once back in the studio, I am left with a language that is foreign. It is with this language, the mark of feeling, that I write the sentences and complete the story of connection. I have always seen my drawing as figuration. Each image is alive, breathes, and exists. Each drawing gives a presence, a certainty, and a quiet confidence waiting for the viewer to engage”

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“My work gives form to the formless. It is a reaction to a mark, not from inspiration, but a mark from nature. Using dowsing rods, walking across open land with pen attached and paper in hand, I find the structure of the drawing.

Just as sailboats harness the wind and a full sail pushes a ship forward, my body is a receptor to the water below, controlling the uncontrollable. Though a sailor does not have complete control of the wind, where wind is found, it can be used. Walking over the ground I find water deep below the surface. I search for feeling, a movement. When it is found, the pen moves creating the line. I use the push and pull of the reaction my dowsing rod brings to form a drawing. The motion of my steps interacts with the movement of the pen; if I stop walking, so stops the line. It is a delicate balance between nature and the hand.

Where my hand would naturally go left, the pen now goes right. The framework set up through the drawing is dictated by the external with a removal of the personal. They are moments trapped in time with a line; records of my connection to nature.”

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Artist Information

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Curtis Cutshaw’s mediums have always including painting and drawing. In 2005 he developed a unique approach to drawing where he acts as the “medium” through which dowsing rods, held by the artist, move when water is found underground. With pens on paper held beneath them, several layers of lines are recorded, much like a seismograph. In his newest series, “Levels and Constructs” Cutshaw fractures and deconstructs images on individual birch wood tiles to 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. They appear spontaneous and “found” but infact every detail is highly intentional. The result is a hybrid of object, drawing and collage. His education includes 1989 residency program Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, and 1988 Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, New York City Loft Program, graduating with a Diploma of Painting with Distinction in 1989 later receiving several awards in art. Kostuik Gallery has represented Cutshaw since 2000.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Curtis Cutshaw’s mediums have always including painting and drawing. In 2005 he developed a unique approach to drawing where he acts as the “medium” through which dowsing rods, held by the artist, move when water is found underground. With pens on paper held beneath them, several layers of lines are recorded, much like a seismograph. In his newest series, “Levels and Constructs” Cutshaw fractures and deconstructs images on individual birch wood tiles to 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. They appear spontaneous and “found” but infact every detail is highly intentional. The result is a hybrid of object, drawing and collage. His education includes 1989 residency program Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, and 1988 Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, New York City Loft Program, graduating with a Diploma of Painting with Distinction in 1989 later receiving several awards in art. Kostuik Gallery has represented Cutshaw since 2000.

Residence: Calgary, Alberta

Born: Edmonton, Alberta 1967

Education

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)
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

2012  Watermark, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2012  Art for Food, group show Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

2012  Watermark, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB

2012  Indigo, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2011  Art for Food, group show Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB

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

2007  The Dowsing Rod Series, SKEW Gallery, Calgary AB

2006 Advent, Halde Galerie, Widen, Switzerland

2006 Curtis Cutshaw New Work, Halde Galerie, Widen Switzerland

2005 Sprung: Group Exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

2005  Breathing Light, Skew Gallery, Calgary, AB

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

2004 A Hundred Cares, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001 Royer Group, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001  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

1989  Graduating Students Exhibition, Alberta College of Art, Main Gallery, Calgary, AB

1988 Group Show, Alberta College of Art, Student Gallery, Calgary, AB

1988  Four Painters: Curtis Cutshaw, Barbra Leidl, Yvonne Markotic, Brenda Whiteman, DL Gallery, Calgary, AB

1988 Pentimental, Alberta College of Art, Student Gallery, Calgary, AB

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

1980  The First Annual Awards Reception Show, Alberta College of Art, Student Gallery, Calgary, AB

1980  Fusion, Mount Royal College, Calgary, AB

1980  Nineteen in 89-ACA Painting Graduates, Mixed Media Gallery, Calgary, AB

1980  Works on Paper, Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC

Awards

1990 The Alberta Award

1989 Laura Mae Stillings Award

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

1988 Benniy & Smith Canada LTD. Award

Illingworth Kerr Scholarship, New York Loft Program

1987 Calgary Sketch Club Award

 

Art Fairs

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

Press Release title – View

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

2005 Emily Barnett, Art & Style: A Guild to Art for the Home, Beautiful Homes Magazine, Dec. 2005, pg 55.

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, Section D, pg7.


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