I define intuitive painting as making marks and spreading pigment on a surface until it conveys a personal aesthetic. There is no predetermined finish or elaborate planning and the paintings are expressions of my life experience, everything which has touched and moved me along a path to the latest work. If the work fails to speak visually, no amount of esoteric rhetoric here will change it. It 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
Stan was born in Phoenix, Arizona and has lived in the area all his life, except four years in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University earning a degree in History and English Literature. His aunt, an artist and art instructor, was a huge influence when he had not yet started school. Stan has drawn and painted most all of his life, and lives with the conviction "fear not" as he evolves in his work. His art is represented in private, public and corporate collections, and he has 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. He is 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. His work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor and Watercolor Artist. He teaches workshops and shares his process with many artist communities and organizations.