"(Anderson's) techniques represent the collective wisdom of generations of artists - artists who've spent their lives learning to see, to understand what they saw, and then inventing ways to describe it in two dimensions...It's a nice gem to find in the middle of a sometimes confusing art world in which the skillful draftsman takes a back seat to the newest fad."
- Editor Michael Ward in The Artist's Magazine
"Very strong work. Skill and passion and intuitiveness combined. Wonderful, subtle...... Inspired."
- Harley Brown (on awarding Anderson Best of Show, Open Market National)
Kurt Anderson is an oil painter who works in many genres – figurative, portrait and landscape, but he is best known for his floral paintings.
These paintings have won him top honors with the Oil Painters of America, the Salon International and the Open Market National. He also won Grand Prize in International Artist magazine’s Floral Painting Challenge.
“I try to paint the essence of what I’m seeing, painting only so much detail as is necessary to capture that essence.” Anderson says. “This concept is, of course, at the center of the naturalist/impressionist tradition in painting. But it has been my life’s study, and it is the challenge that excites me every time I take up a brush.”
Anderson received his primary artistic education with four years in the traditional atelier (or studio system of training) under Minneapolis artist Richard Lack. This makes him part of a master-pupil lineage that can be traced back to 19th century masters such as Jacques Louis David. Anderson received his BA in studio art from the University of Arizona, where he also received a masters degree in accounting.
Anderson is represented in many major collections and galleries. His 20 foot mural "Prairie Sky" is on permanent display at the library of Iowa State University. Anderson's official portrait commissions range from the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court to the president of Iowa State University.
Articles about Anderson have appeared in The Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, Australian Artist and Southwest Art. He has been featured in seven books and is author of Realistic Oil Painting Techniques (North Light Books).
Since 2010 Anderson has been on the board of directors of the Oil Painters of America. He currently serves as president of this organization, helping to lead it in its important role as the foremost showcase and advocated for representational painting.
Anderson lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Dale LaFleur and their two children Henry and Ada.