Michael Kuseske

Paintings (14-works)

Michael  Kuseske Marigold
Marigold
Oil on canvas
54 x 70 in
Michael  Kuseske Promise
Promise
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in
Michael  Kuseske Verona
Verona
Oil on canvas
40 x 60 in
Michael  Kuseske Daylight
Daylight
Oil on canvas
48 x 72 in
Michael  Kuseske Felicity
Felicity
Oil on canvas
40 x 60 in
Michael  Kuseske Fioretta
Fioretta, 2016
Oil on canvas
42 x 52 in
Michael  Kuseske Michelle
Michelle
Oil on canvas
40 x 40 in
Michael  Kuseske Princess
Princess
Oil on canvas
36 x 46 in
Michael  Kuseske Rachel
Rachel, 2016
Oil on canvas
40 x 40 in
Michael  Kuseske Sweet
Sweet
Oil on canvas
36 x 60 in
Michael  Kuseske Aria
Aria, 2016
Oil on canvas
42 x 60 in
SOLD
Michael  Kuseske Bird of Paradise
Bird of Paradise
Oil on canvas
34 x 48 in
SOLD
Michael  Kuseske
Felicity on Black
Oil on canvas
16 x 22 in
SOLD
Michael  Kuseske
Promise
Oil on canvas
16 x 24 in
SOLD

Michael  Kuseske

Michael Kuseske

Michael Kuseske Biography

(American, b. 1950)

After graduating from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Michael Kuseske taught a year of high school art and soon realized that he longed to create rather than teach.  Beginning with Florida landscapes and birds that fascinated him, and ultimately moving to large close ups of flowers for which he has become known, Kuseske’s oil paintings are distinctly sculptural and stylized.  

 

 

Michael Kuseske Statement

My paintings reflect my fascination with and appreciation of basic elements of art. I'm attracted to the brilliance of spectacular color. I photograph my flower subjects in direct sunlight to capture not only that color but also the dramatic effects of light and dark that direct sunlight creates. I give my flowers form and substance, making my paintings very three dimensional.

In the late 1960's and early 70's, I was in high school and college. My interest in art began then and the current trends in art at that time made an impression on me that still affects my art.

Pop Art was in full swing; taking something very ordinary and putting it in an inordinary setting. I take flowers which are rather small and often viewed from a distance, and make them huge, allowing us all to see something we rarely get to see.

Surrealism also fascinated me, not because of the subject matter, which was often strange and nightmarish, but rather the style and technique used by artists like Salvador Dali and Ives Tanguy. They gave their objects exaggerated form and substance through the use of smooth shading and extreme lighting. Other artists, like Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, and Diego Rivera caught my eye because they also used a similar technique creating form with shading and extreme lighting.

My daughter tells me that I do not paint flowers, but rather paint sculptures. She is right.  It is not necessarily the essence of the flower that attracts me, it is the substance, the shape, form, and color. I want my flowers to come out of the canvas and make the viewer feel that they can reach out and touch them. The black background and the no-frame, gallery wrapped edge adds to that effect.

 

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