Curtis Gander (American)
Lives and works in Hutchinson, MN
Curtis Gander is recognized for his en plein air oil paintings of outdoor scenes. Paintings by Gander are usually normal in size and constructed of loose, economical brushstrokes that are intended to stimulate the viewer’s emotional impressions of a scene.
An unique series of miniature oil paintings depict people viewing works of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The subject matter is engaging for two reasons. It is natural to imagine what Gander’s painted viewer is thinking, but there is also a symbiotic relationship of Gander’s live viewer looking at a painting of a person looking at a painting. In many of these works there is a reciprocal theme whereby the figure viewing a painting relates to that painting in a particular way, perhaps in clothing, or mood or character.
As an artist Curtis Gander continually experiments with various techniques, styles and subject matter. He states, “Painting miniatures was a new endeavor – I felt the small scale lent itself to the intimate nature of this series.” Dimensions of each painting in the series are less than twelve inches.