Featured Work


Whales at Night, 48" x 36" oil and distemper on linen, 2023


Girl in Landscape,  48" x 36" oil and distemper on linen, 2022

Hiromi, Layla, and Blu,  60" x 84" oil and distemper on linen, 2022


Willows,  60" x 54" oil on linen, 2020The Yellow House,  56" x 42" oil on linen, 2020


Mount Diablo State Park,  58" x 46" oil on linen, 2019  *In private collectionLayla’s Dream,  17" x 15" oil on linen, 2019


Fall,  36" x 48" oil on linen, 2018


* Cats and Toys on Rug, 20" x 24" oil on linen, 2013


Yoko and Layla, 48" x 60" oil on linen, 2008
(*) = in private collection


Mark Kurdziel is interested in creating a deep pictorial expanse and bringing it to the surface with color. Space and illusion are contrasted with the hue at the farthest point and respect for the inherent flatness of the picture plane. The space goes back while the color comes forward. Kurdziel is trying to move fluidly between cubism and deeper older ideas about space and its relationship to the subject matter.

Via his teachers, such as Peter Heineman, who studied with Josef Albers, and Paul Georges, who studided with Hans Hoffman and Ferdinand Leger, Kusdziel’s works have an intimate conversation with Bauhaus and the school of Paris. Kurdziel also has a direct relationship with the New York school and believes in the beauty and poetry of painting, the invention of form, and the metaphor of space. These notions, along with harmonizing color and making it 'sing', represent the ideas behind these pictures.


2000’s and earlier

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