Arizona artist spotlight: Kurt von Behrmann
Meet Phoenix-based artist Kurt von Behrmann featured in our exhibit Greater Phoenix is Poppin’
What do you love most about being an artist in Greater Phoenix?
Having access to a large urban center makes Greater Phoenix a highly livable city. Unlike some urban centers where finding living and creative spaces are expensive, it is still possible here. It is easy to construct new work here knowing you have access to equipment, exhibition spaces and the support of patrons of the arts.
The creative freedom that comes with living here is positive. One can create without feeling the pressure to “fit into” a pre-existing aesthetic. The exhibition spaces are receptive to what one wishes to do without limiting constraints.
This is also an exciting place to be because so much is still forming here. Nothing is set in stone. Creating here is very much like being on the ground floor of something special about to emerge. There is a sense that something positive is about to happen at any moment. There has always been something a bit “maverick” about creating art in an area that is actively growing and expanding.
What role do you think arts and culture plays in our community as a whole?
Art plays a critical role in the social and economic fabric of a community. It not only defines a place, but it can also create space. Venues with art such as businesses, community centers and assorted public spaces benefit in terms of offering aesthetic experiences for the public. Art also creates identities for cities. One gains a sense of place and a sense of culture from the visual arts.
What is your favorite art venue/event in Greater Phoenix?
One of my favorites venues is the Shemer Art Center. Before I had a solo exhibition there, I always felt the Shemer had a presence, a sense of place and intimacy, that makes it an ideal space for showing fine art. Coupled with the architecture of the actual building, which is distinctive, it sits on a picturesque piece of land at the foot of Camelback Mountain.
There is something truly majestic about the space in a quiet subdued manner. While there, it allows one to be engaged with what is shown in a highly contemplative environment. For me it is a very good template of what an ideal art venue should be.
What advice do you have for artists wanting to get involved in the local art scene?
Acquiring foundational skills serves as the cornerstone for creating fine art. Being able to render the recognizable, having foundational design skills and knowing how to care for art tools are essential parts of any artistic arsenal.
It also helps to have a grasp of art history. Knowing the sources, histories and works of others enhances your appreciation of fine art. Being engaged with art means being exposed to as much of it as possible. Artists should also be being able to write compelling artist statements for grant writing.
The discipline, training and knowledge gained from classes, critique sessions, lectures and formal classes is invaluable. It affords you the freedom to access higher levels of creativity and the freedom to explore ideas.
For more information about purchasing his artwork, contact Kurt directly:
www.behrmannart.com | email@example.com
Medium: Acrylic Painting
Dimensions: 27.5” x 27.5”
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Editor’s Note: This blog has been lightly edited for length and clarity.