Roger Kull, Sculptor, Shows Why Western Art Speaks to Americans’ Souls
Master Sculptor Roger Kull – Pictorial Leather Sculpture Showcased at Exhibition with Artwork & Technical Presentation - Masters of the American West Showcased at Pearce Museum.
“Roger’s Kull’s approach of taking the craft form of leatherwork into the fine art world is a concept that I can relate to,” said Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva.
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(March 5, 2012 – Scottsdale, AZ) – Leather as an artist’s canvas? The fine art sculpture of Roger Kull is precisely why Western Art still speaks to Americans’ souls. With tens of thousands of serious art collectors owning one of Kull’s leather masterpieces, Texans will get their first chance to see this fascinating art medium and learn about Roger Kull’s technique as the Pearce Museum in Corsicana, Texas hosts the Eighth Annual Western Artists of America Exhibition and Sale on March 23 and 24, 2012.
In addition to Kull and his wife, Judith Durr – a Native American and master artist herself, over forty master artists and sculptors will participate in the auction that benefits the museum and features cowboys and cowgirls, Native American children, elders and warriors, mountain men, western landscapes, rodeo and more.
One of Roger Kull’s masterworks 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 which can be viewed at the Western Artists of America Show at the Pearce Museum. Also, you will see sculptures created with the Western Four Corners Historical View, sculptures with pottery and embedded turquoise, and even a unique sculpture called The Emergence of Kokopelli.”
Kull’s leather sculpture will be competing head-to-head with traditional bronze sculpture – and judges will be asked to look outside of their normal judging criteria.
“Roger’s Kull’s approach of taking the craft form of leatherwork into the fine art world is a concept that I can relate to,” said Hopi artist Gerry Quotskuyva, owner of the Pueblo Sedona Gallery. “It’s fun to question the judges and art critics’ standard concepts and make them think outside of their comfort zone. Roger’s artwork is collected by museums and private art collectors around the world.”
“Western Art continues to be a popular investment,” said Ed Holmes, president of Western Artists of America. “Many of our WAA artists have long resumes and price points that are attractive to collectors of fine art. Roger Kull was selected to do an in-depth demonstration of his pictorial leather sculpture technique – it is very different from saddle making or leather craft. Texans and art lovers will discover that a leather canvas provides a totally unique art medium.”
Thousands of western art collectors and art lovers will be attending the WAA Exhibition at Pearce Museum over a six week period. The event is a tightly juried fine art show which raises significant funding to allow the museum to expand its cultural reach in the North Texas region.
“We are delighted to host the eighth annual Western Artists of America (WAA) Show and Sale here at the Pearce Museum, on the campus of Navarro College,” said Holly Beasley, executive director of the Pearce Museum. “It is a wonderful opportunity, not only for the museum, but also for the community. While the museum is just south of Dallas/Fort Worth, an event of this caliber will surely put Corsicana on the cultural map and bring a higher level of prestige to the Pearce Museum.”
About Roger Kull – 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 Pearce Museum at Navarro College
Our mission is to preserve, collect, and interpret the history of the American Civil War and the art of the American West.
The Pearce Museum at Navarro College is divided into two distinct exhibit areas. The Civil War Gallery is an interactive experience designed to give the visitor a humanistic overview of the Civil War, including issues, causes, battles, leaders, plight of the common soldier, the home front, and the aftermath. There are currently more than 15,000 items in the Civil War collection, while less than five percent are on display at any one time. The Western Art Gallery features two- and three-dimensional works of art depicting many aspects of the historical and contemporary Western experience including cowboys, Indians, settlers, and pioneers. There are 228 works in the Western Art collection with not quite fifty percent of those pieces on exhibit at any one time. The Pearce Museum - Navarro College - 3100 W. Collin Street - Corsicana, TX 75110 - 903-875-7642 Website: http://www.pearcecollections.us
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