Favorite Contemporary Artist: Robert McCurdy

Robert Mccurdy is an American painter and photographer born in Pennsylvania in 1952. He earned his BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and worked on an Arts Fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. His work has been shown in over 30 galleries since 1976. I first saw his work this year in a portrait painting exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. My favorite of the paintings I saw was his portrait of the writer Toni Morrison, pictured below.


I greatly admire his realistic style and creative use of color. His portraits strongly resemble photographs and have a striking use of thick layer work that creates practically invisible strokes. At the exhibit I leaned in dangerously close trying to figure out how he managed to master the two very different textures of the sweater’s knit fabric and Morrison’s skin while seamlessly blending the piece into one spectacularly composed whole.

Here are a few of his wide variety of amazing oil paintings:

Lucy Irwin ’20


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