Kurt Herrmann ( b. 1972, Lock Haven, USA ) is a painter from the mountains of Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work, but above all he is a colorist at heart. He is currently represented in prominent galleries across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand
I want the Colour Bombs to radiate across the room but to also whisper quietly beside you. I want a big sound and silence. Many of my shapes, forms, and colors have been extracted from the mountains of Pennsylvania where I live and work, but I also sample bits and pieces of memories and places I’ve never been. There are trunks of trees, winter skies, deer legs, the pink from a summer watermelon, and Greek islands I’ve always wanted to see – these are some of the sparks that start a painting but they are not the whole story. The initial inspiration is simply a launchpad to shoot a rocket off into the unknown. Colour does not need to represent anything other than itself. It is universal yet nothing is more personal. And that’s how I present these paintings. I’m distilling something that struck me, but the interpretations and feelings others come away with are infinite.