The work: Kurt Black, The Beekeeper. Oil, enamel, solvenised acrylic paint on paperboard, 63 x 51cm.
Stories and recollections of lived experience inform the practice of Queensland-based painter Kurt Black. The Beekeeper tells the tale of Kurt’s friend who tragically lost her father. Entwining this narrative into the work, the central focus is the translucent, triangular beekeepers mask. Kurt’s choice of vibrant red creates a sense of urgency and danger, alluding to the tragedy of the story. The mixture of oil, enamel and solvenised acrylic paint has caused disruption to the edges of the central beekeeping figure, referencing the tension and emotional anguish of his friend. “My imagery is both an emotional and cerebral reaction and connection to place, mystery, and spirit,” says Kurt. “At times iconic, each painting is the product of construction and deconstruction both literally and metaphorically.”