Abstract artist Curtis Stromme goes his own way when creating acrylic paintings: The artworks are untitled, allowing viewers to provide their own interpretation and connection to the artwork. Unmatted pieces are surrounded by simple chrome frames so as not to detract from the art, which makes the paintings seem “to go on into infinity,” he explains. Rather than using canvas, Stomme paints on paper, layering the acrylic with blocks—not brushes—to create his vivid compositions. Sutter Creek Gallery will feature this unique artist during the month of October.
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. 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,” which many artists can agree with. 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 will host a reception in Stromme’s honor on Saturday, October 2, starting at 2 p.m., at 40 Main Street, Sutter Creek. Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, gourds and fiber arts as well as custom matting and framing. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.suttercreekgallery.com.