Otto Kuster and Remy Lorken: The art of palette knife painting
13 Jun 2019 - 11 Aug 2019
Otto Kuster and Remy Lorken are masters of palette knife painting and this new exhibition captures the atmosphere, colour and everyday life in Australia.
A palette knife is commonly made from metal with a wooden handle, and a large bend in the middle to keep the artist’s hand away from the wet paint. The knife, which is usually pear, diamond or trowel shaped, is capable of producing textured, impasto work and sweeping areas of flat colour or tiny shapes of coloured paint.
Otto Kuster was born in 1941 in Karlsbad, Bohemia (Czech Republic) and commenced studying art at the age of 14 years at the Kempten Studio of Josef Mayer of the Munich Academy. He migrated to Australia in 1960, travelling across the country, before settling in southern Sydney. His experiences throughout the country have inspired him to capture the atmosphere, the mood, and the colour of everyday life in Australia.
Remy Lorken was born in 1940 in Manila, Philippines. In 1963 while travelling through Europe she met her husband and together they migrated to Australia in 1967 settling in Bonnet Bay in southern Sydney. A life-long interest in art and craft was further encouraged by friend Otto Kuster, whose birthday gift of oil paints, canvas boards and a palette knife in 1985 led to her becoming an artist.
The Moran Sylvania Gallery is a collaboration between the Moran Health Care Group, Sylvania and Hazelhurst Arts Centre.
Image: Otto Kuster, Sydney Harbour from Vaucluse (detail), oil on canvas.