Wednesday, December 26, 2018

January at Sutter Creek Gallery: Abstract Artist Curtis Stromme

Abstract artist Curtis Stromme does not title his creations, allowing viewers to provide their own interpretation and connection to the artwork.  He surrounds his paintings with simple chrome frames so as not to detract from the art, which makes them seem to extend beyond their boundaries.  Stromme will be the featured artist in January at the Sutter Creek Gallery.

Despite occasional excursions into representational art, inspired by numerous trips to Portugal, Stromme realized quite early that creating acrylic abstract paintings was what brought him pleasure.   Utilizing paper rather than canvas, he applies acrylic paint with blocks to create vivid compositions.  He starts with a background color, then applies additional paints which skid across the surface and sometimes collide with those added earlier. The layers create a textural surface while metallic swirls, circles and lines add vivacity.  Stromme says that “knowing when to stop is the most difficult part of painting.” 

He also produces what he calls art trading cards. These 2.5 x 3.5-inch abstracts are painted on mat board.  Some of these cards come mounted on paper and can be framed for display.

Sutter Creek Gallery invites you to spend some time with Curtis Stromme at a reception in his honor on Saturday, January 5, from 2 to 5 p.m.  He is one of 25 local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street.  Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, gourds and fiber arts.  The gallery is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

 For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email, or visit

Abstract With Circles

Purple Abstract

Red Dot Abstract

Teal and Red Abstract

Trading Card 2

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