The Hyperrealism group show I'm a part of was recently reviewed by Newcity Art. The author Chris Miller called it "Skillful, Stunning Trompe L’oeil Painting". It's cool to see I got some recognition for my participation in the show. Below, Miller is responding to my perspective piece, "Sharper Straighter Cleaner".
"Not every painting in “Hard to Believe” is trompe l’oeil, but the amazing works by Russell Harris, Anthony Adcock and Kyle Surges probably inspired that title. The most mind-bending illusion is offered by Kyle Surges. The horizontal edges of his shaped canvas recede to a vanishing point on the right, so the viewer seems always to be standing at the left."
Here is a link to the full review at Newcity : http://art.newcity.com/2016/09/13/skillful-stunning-trompe-loeil-painting/
The beginning of this year looked bleak for competitions, but I have managed to find my way into three exhibitions this fall; all of which opening within the next couple weeks. I have "Remembering Iwo Jima" in Wisconsin, "Sounds of Earth Single" in North Carolina, and "WWII Rations" in Arkansas. I realize that these locations don't exactly sound like places for art competitions, but they are indeed awarding good prize money. The top prize in Arkansas is $4,000, and there is over $8,500 awarded to artists in the Wisconsin show. Art is everywhere in the U.S., you just have to look for it.
Aside from the competitions, I recently completed a painting - "Twinkie Rescue Circa 2013". It's 21" x 14" and oil on panel. I've been wanting to painting a Twinkie ever since it's near extinction in 2013. This piece reflects that time period when Hostess filed for bankruptcy in 2012. There was a short length of time when Hostess products were no longer available. In March 2013 Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Company purchased the bankrupt company and quickly replenished store shelves with Hostess products.
The Twinkie in the painting hangs on hook from a fraying string as a Lego repairman attempts to fix the damage. On the repairman's shirt there is an abbreviation of Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Company - AGM and M & Co. The upward pointing arrow hook and green background represent future prosperity.
I finally decided to rebuild my painting rack. It's made from 1" by 2" furring strip and 1/4" plywood - not exactly the best quality wood, but it's inexpensive and looks alright with a bit of paint. As you can see, I simply made several frames and attached them to the plywood. It's very repetitive and time consuming work... I'm glad I'm done.
It came out a bit larger than I imagined and barely made it up the stairs. The rack also doesn't fit well in my studio closet, but this is only temporary. I'll be moving soon to a much larger space where there is a lot more room for my painting stuff.
Kyle Surges's Oil Painting Blog
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