Artist Bio

Kurt Koeppl lives and works from his home studio in the beach side suburb of Maroubra NSW. Koeppl graduated from the Pranckh Graphic Arts School in 1957 as a Chemigraph (photo engraver) which gave him a solid foundation in drawing, colour separation, design, engraving and photography.

 

Working as an Art Director in the commercial world of graphics and advertising  and the pre press industry, his skills and techniques are well developed. His influences in his early years were of course the European masters and later the great Australian painters. His work is found in private collections here and in Germany  and reflects his life and travels.

 

Kurt had his first Australian exhibition in the 70’s at the Beaulieu Gallery Paddington, with Bob Dickerson, Rodney Milgate and Fred Williams and a follow up exhibition at the Sebert Galleries with American artist  Edward Smith. In the following decade his work reflected Australian landscapes and characters of the time from Hill End to Lighting Ridge. However like many artists theowever like many artists demands of family life became his priority and although he didn’t pursue a career in the art world he continued to paint.

 

Dappling in many mediums and styles from very dark and powerful German mythology, “Nibelunges’ reflected in his airbrush and charcoal works, to more traditional acrylic land and seascapes of the Australian bush and the characters found there. He has moved back to watercolour. Enthused by Robert Wade’s OAM master watercolour class in Grafton “Paint what you feel”, watercolour has become his preferred medium resulting in his first solo exhibition in watercolour in the Blackett building in the POW, depicting the sinking buildings of the ancient and beautiful city of Venice where he captured the dramatic skies and dark moods.

 

Kurt has ventured more into the abstraction of his world where some images assault the viewer, chaotic and busy such as  “Urban Asphyxiation’. At times he produces quieter, calmer, melancholic images. With the advent off the Bush fire disaster his recent work captures his emotional response to the devastation.

Awards

  • 2020 | Combined Art Societies (CASS) | Highly commended

  • 2019 | Australian Watercolour Institute | Selected works ‘Kookabura’,’First Snow’

  • 2019 | Bayside Arts Festival | Finalist ‘Troubles waters’

  • 2019 | Hunters Hill Art Exhibition | Selected work ‘Pigs can Fly’                        

  • 2019 | Ardency ‘wild and free’ | Finalist ‘Gondolas’

  • 2018 | Australian Watercolour Institute | Selected Artist ‘Urban asphyxiation’

  • 2017 | South Maroubra Village Art show | 1st prize People’s choice

  • 2016 | South Maroubra Village art show | 2nd prize People’s Choice

  • 2013-2015 | Hunters Hill | Selected works

  • 2015 | Waverley Art show | Finalist

  • 2004 | Mike’s Signs & Design | 3rd airbrush NSW Trade show

  • 2003 | Sydney Institute  of TAFE | 3rd place airbrush.

  • 2003-2005 | S M Village Art show | People’s choice award

  • 1991 | Aspekte Galerie, Begegnungen | Frieraume iv Cultural Centre Munich          | Selected work Opal Jack’s Camp’ Lightening Ridge  NSW              

  • 1977 | Royal Easter Show | Highly commended.   Miniatures

Exhibitions

  • 2020 | Combined Art Societies of Sydney Sydney Maritime Museum 

  • 2019 | Bayside Arts Festival

  • 2019 | Ardency Aroona (101 Oatley Inc)

  • 2019 | Hunters Hill Art exhibition           

  • 2018 /19 | Australian Watercolour Institute, Juniper Hall, non member artist

  • 1999-2019 | South Maroubra Village Green Art Show                       

  • 2010-2019 | Private studio exhibitions​

  • 2002 | Mooving Art Show Magnum collaboration Sydney City

  • 2000-2015 | Graphic Art Gallery, Bondi Junction

  • 1977 | Hogarth Galleries, Centre Point Gallery , Spring fair art show, Stanley Hill Art Gallery , Plaza gallery                         

  • 2009-2019 | Judge, South Maroubra Village Green Art show

  • 2011-2012 | Judge, Seniors at the Bay, St Luke’s Art show.

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