Arizona Artist and Sculptor Featured at 38th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale May 26-28
“Painting can be taught, however, the gift of inspiration, dedication and passion is within.” – Judith Durr
“As free hand artist I believe that art skills come first. The leather skills provide the medium to showcase my creations.” – Roger Kull
(Prescott, AZ May 18, 2012) – The year 2012 has been busy for Arizona-based Master Artist Judith Durr and Master Sculptor Roger Kull. Both participated as members of the Western Artist of America Exhibit and Sale at the Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas. In addition, Kull was recognized for his exceptional fine art sculpted leather presenting a two hour lecture and demonstration of his incredible leather techniques. Before the Texas exhibit, Durr was selected for the prestigious Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half the West exhibit held annually at the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. Now the two artists are greatly anticipated at the 38th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show May 26-28 for this visual feast of Western Art.
Judith Durr proudly claims her Native American heritage. Raised in the Southwest, a native of Arizona, Judith Durr resides in Cave Creek, Arizona with her artist husband, Roger Kull.
“My Southwestern oil paintings are created from respect for my Choctaw/Cherokee heritage. I want to preserve the legacy of the First People’s artifacts and rugs portrayed in my oil paintings. But, I also paint artifacts from tribes and clans throughout the Americas. I hope that by capturing the emotions of the viewer, my objective is illusion,” said Durr.
One of Roger Kull’s masterworks to be displayed is his leather sculpture, Old Santa Fe. The piece incorporates the look of weather wood, tile and stucco on Kull’s usual medium of leather.
“I like my art to reflect the timelessness of the Santa Fe lifestyle and the environment that inspires it,” Kull says. “’Old Santa Fe’ is part of my Santa Fe collection. The sculptures are created with the Western Four Corners Historical View, sculptures with pottery and embedded turquoise. I have over 14,000 collectors and each leather sculpture guarantees originality and is a one of a kind.”
Both Durr and Kull are looking forward to the Phippen Museum 38thAnnual Memorial Day Weekend May 26-28, 2012.
Durr a past award winner at the Phippen Museum Show, has been participating since 1991.
“This is one of the finest Western Art Shows in the entire country,” Durr shares. “Every year I am amazed at the collection of incredible artists that present their work during this weekend.”
Kull says, “Thirty years ago when I was included in the Phippen Show, it was a real honor. Now to be included again this year is a real honor … None of that has diminished over time. It is wonderful to be invited back this year.”
About Judith Durr – Master Artist
“I want the viewer to want reach out to feel the fabric of the rugs, the beadwork on the moccasins, and the smoothness of the pottery or pick the kernels from the corn because they look real. My distinctive style is unique with the use of a rug as consistent background element in every still life painting. I paint from my extensive collection of artifacts. I enjoy the history and stories about each artifact,” added Durr. “Painting from life, each still life painting is skillfully composed and sketched. To accomplish the realism, I use layers and glazes. The challenge is to paint superior oil paintings.”
Judith’s masterpieces are collected by prominent museums and are featured in corporate and private art collections around the world. Her work is featured in Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Art of the West and Arizona Art Collector. Visit Judith’s home/studio or for a current show schedule call, email or visit her website. Judith lectures for museums, universities elder hostels, foreign exchange students programs, fine art councils, annual Native American art shows and many private organizations though out the country.
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About Roger Kull – Master Sculptor
Described as Southwestern Pictorial Leather Sculpture, Kull’s signature style is three-dimensional realism. His recent acceptance into the invitation-only Western Artists of America (WAA) now has him competing at their annual exhibit and show with other sculptors whose work is more traditionally in wood, clay, bronze and stone. Having worked with over 14,000 hides in the 30-plus years of his artistic career shows the incredible demand for his work.
Kull approached his art in a very non-traditional way taking the technique of general leatherwork, and chose only a saddle maker’s knife and clay modeler’s spoon as the sole implements that create his incredible artwork. There is no hammering, no stamping, only a sculpting process that forms the back bone of his technique. Utilizing the natural hews of leather and specialized dyes along with the colorful blues of turquoise, there is a continuous flow between tradition and innovation creating constant interest in this uniquely sculpted leather.
Kull’s artwork is recognized, appreciated and represented by several prominent galleries and sold internationally. His fine art hangs in the permanent collection of the prestigious Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Georgia and the Johnson-Humrick Museum in Roscoe Village, Ohio.
About the Phippen Western Art Show – 37th Annual Western Art Show and Sale
May 26-28m 2012
The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale — Arizona’s premier outdoor western art sale — is held each year in downtown Prescott, Arizona, the Cowboy Capital of the American West. The 2011 event will feature over 120 talented artists from all over North America in booths surrounding the historic courthouse.
This annual juried show features established and up-and-coming Western artists who create ‘Art of the American West’ in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastels, sculpture and drawing. And many of today’s most well known western artists got their start as a juried participant. Not only will you be able to see some of the greatest examples of Western art in America today, you will also be able to meet participating artists in an informal, outdoor setting and purchase pieces directly from the master.
The annual event features Art of the American West represented in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastels, sculpture and drawing. The Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale has been a Memorial Day weekend tradition in Prescott since 1974. The Phippen Museum believes the true spirit of the American West is preserved in its art. This show brings together artists of the highest caliber, art enthusiasts and collectors from all over the country to celebrate Prescott’s rich western heritage and culture.
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Judith Durr, Master Artist