Rudolf Kurz

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"Parachute" etching

The parachute has delivered. An enigmatic picture, dream-like, that withstands analysis. The drawing of the child reflects a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci from his anatomical studies. There is a male figure on the left, a female figure on the right.

About Rudolf Kurz

All items in my Etsy shop (except, of course, my books and my reproduction prints) are etchings. Etching is a centuries old printmaking technique. I don’t use any shortcuts like photographic transfer of an image. The design is drawn and then etched with acid onto a treated zinc or copper plate. This image is printed on dampened, thick printmaking paper, using an old fashioned, hand cranked intaglio press. My favourite printmaking paper is the French paper BFK Rives, made by a company that is centuries old. Making one print takes about half an hour. Creating the printing plate takes many days. ( This is why my prints are priced higher than photomechanical reproductions.)
Sometimes I offer ‘artist’s proofs’ in this shop. Artist’s proofs are ‘extra’ prints; usually no more than 10 % of an edition are artist’s proofs; they are traditionally numbered with Roman numerals and marked ‘a.p.’. An a. p. is usually printed in the early stages of an edition, when the printing plate is still in top condition- that’s why they are considered especially valuable by collectors.

‘Rudolf Kurz does draw on his surroundings for biological data, but once borrowed from nature, his bugs, animals and vegetation are transplanted into the landscape of his very vivid imagination. From there, anything goes. Shrunken elephants can ride snails. Insects blossom into giants. The hybrid products of fanciful genetic experiments are so believably drawn, it’s hard to imagine they don’t exist. People ride dinosaurs down city sidewalks. And if they’re not housing a bizarre menagerie of critters, those gnarly tree roots morph into living beings – part tree, part animal.’ – Tralee Pierce, In the Hills ( Autumn 1999)

‘…(Rudolf’s) etchings are full of intricate details, which reveal layer upon layer of hidden reality. Each is worth a second or third look.’ – Nicole Laidler, scenemegazine, (July 8, 2004)

My carefully detailed, often bizarre and darkly humorous etchings are inspired by Surrealism and the art of medieval and Renaissance Northern Europe.

Trained as a medical doctor in my native Germany, I later travelled and ended up studying painting at the Art Students’ League in New York City. Since moving to Ontario, Canada in 1983, I have shown my paintings and etchings in four solo exhibitions and many group shows. I have also been fortunate enough to have painted about a dozen murals in hospitals, libraries, schools and, last but not least, on streets- the largest of them 65 meters long!

In 2004 ‘Looking for Snails on a Sunday Afternoon’ was published by the Porcupine’s Quill. This book contains a collection of my writings and etchings. It won an honourable mention from the Alcuin Society and was short listed for a Leipzig Book Award. (Only three books from Canada were short listed that year!)

My other books are: ‘An Illustrated Alphabet for the Illiterate’ (also published by the Porcupine’s Quill and co-written with my daughter Elizabeth), ‘The Rats Came Back’, a children’s book, published in English and French (Annick Press, Toronto) and German (Kinderbuch Verlag, Berlin) and ‘Sound of Hungry Animals’, an illustrated collection of poems by Griffin Prize winning poet A. F. Moritz, available in a limited edition of 125 copies from rufus books. All of my books are for sale in this shop except the poetry book (which can be ordered from rufus books for $ 65).

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