Linda Hodges Gallery is pleased to present a major exhibition of new large-and small-scale plein-air oil paintings by Kurt Solmssen. This is his third solo show at the gallery. Solmssen has shown widely in the United States, exhibiting in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Philadelphia. His paintings have been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Bakersfield Museum of Art, and The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
Born in Philadelphia, with a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania and also trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Solmssen moved to his grandfather's waterfront home in Vaughn, on the Puget Sound, in 1988. He has been there ever since, and his art reflects his immediate environment.
In the spirit of Fairfield Porter, Solmssen focuses on his household, as well as his surroundings. An immediacy and sensuality permeates the work, reflecting the fact that he paints outdoors during all four seasons. The surface, the physicality, and the emotions that these paintings project are paramount. Solmssen’s subjects are just a means to a satisfying end.
“Solmssen is one of the best plein-air painters working today. . . . Ninety percent of his landscapes are painted in front of the subject. . . . He paints standing in the rain and snow. . . . This interest in light, color, and contrast fuses his work in all genres. . . . So much of Solmssen's art is a marvelous transformation of visual fact to graphic statement, fueled by intense personal connection."
Jerry N. Weiss, The Artist's Magazine