Levels And Construct

Artist Statement


This new work came out of the artist’s experience with his previous series, The Dowsing Rod Series, which relied on technical perfection and a removal of “touch”. These new paintings are experiential in themselves; they are touched, rubbed, scratched, marked, erased and distressed. Cutshaw is working on individual birch wood tiles that allow him to deconstruct imagery and thereby create broken images. Just like a puzzle, the viewer’s mind wants to re-assemble the pieces and use what is there to create what is not there.  While these works may appear spontaneous, Cutshaw does not allow for the accidental. Every piece, every mark; whether it is painted, drawn or scratched is intentional. The artist’s hand, his touch, his construction is the center of each work.

Artist Biography

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.


25 Saturdays – $6,900
Garden – $8,000
Haven – $7,350
Follow Up – $2,100
Changes –  $2,500
Murmur – $1,300
Scape – $1,300
Survey – $1,400
Bolt – $1,300
Collection – $2,400