Portraits by Richard Kuranda
The work of American artist Richard Kuranda might look like photography at first, or it might look like an impressionist blur or a moment captured in a memory. They are all different per the subject. Kuranda, a theater artist and producer whose work has influenced some of today's biggest names and institutions in theater and film, approaches his painting like a show. It's amusing, it's unique, and always with a sense of whimsy or emotional candor. Each portrait is created using oil on linen, canvas or birch board. Each painting captures the detail of the subject, their soft skin, their hair quality, and textured clothing. Like the old masters of the past (and known to incorporate old-world techniques), Kuranda uses real models as the starting point to his work but often creates depictions of his subjects that convey a moment that is important to the client. He might add color into places where you wouldn’t normally find it, especially if it’s a whimsical moment being captured. He might accentuate a child’s cherub-like quality if the idea was to memorialize. He’ll convey a sensuality with skin tone if the portrait is of a romantic perspective. His brush strokes and techniques vary based on the actual project. He also only commits to projects that he is interested in.
A Contemporary Portrait Artist Who Reinvents One of Art’s Oldest Subjects
"As a painter, I find the experience and my art very similar to my work in theater. It's very collaborative, especially when I'm getting to know the Subject. But when I'm painting, I'm layering in my artistry - subtly within the portrait. It allows me to capture a better understanding of the Subject's emotional life. Sometimes I'm able to capture a better sense of their joy; sometimes it's their fear, sometimes it's just calm."
Always original, always organic, and always surprising. Always with a keen eye that ART should be for living in everyday spaces. If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to learn more.
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