Marc Kundmann works in encaustic and acrylic media. Both allow him to build and remove layers of color, transparency, and pigments, and to use texture expressively. His hope is that the resulting layers create not only intriguing and beautiful surfaces, but also give emotional life to the subjects and hint at the mystery inside.

Kundmann studied and workshopped with fine artists connected to the long tradition of creating on Cape Cod including Robert Henry, a student of Hans Hofmann, and Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Jim Peters, Bert Yarborough and Richard Baker. Through them he learned to explore materials, freeing himself from the constraints of representing the real world and allowing him to work expressively, responding to color and composition allowing the painting to evolve into its final form.

Full Artist statement

Before I embarked on my adventure in painting, I asked an artist I respected for his thoughts on where to begin and how to approach a painting. His best advice: don’t try to paint a feeling or specific emotion. Just paint. The emotional quality will come through.

Keeping this in mind, I began to paint my surroundings, the wild beaches of Truro in particular, en plein aire. I studied and workshopped with fine artists connected to the long tradition of painting and art-making on the Cape including Robert Henry, a student of Hans Hofmann’s, and Fine Arts Work Center Fellows Jim Peters, Bert Yarborough and Richard Baker. Through them I learned to explore materials, free myself from the constraints of representing the real world and work in a more expressive way, responding to color and composition and creating work from both intellect and emotion. I am also particularly influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Movement including painters David Park, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.

I am currently working in encaustic and acrylic media. Both allow me to build and remove layers of color, transparency, and pigments, and to use texture expressively. Keeping true to that first piece of advice, I try to focus on the joy of creating. My hope is that the resulting layers create not only intriguing and beautiful surfaces, but also give emotional life to the subjects, whether figures, structures, or boats, and hint at the mystery inside.

Recent exhibitions include a one man show at Addison Art Gallery in 2014, Teaching Traditions (2013) and Art of the Garden (2012) at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum and the two-person show Timeless: Explorations in Wax-based Media (2011) at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

My work is featured in Deborah Forman’s comprehensive book, Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).

I am also a teaching-artist at the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Museum School at PAAM.

Education
    •    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduated with Honors in 1985
    •    Studied painting at the Provincetown International Art Institute with Jim Peters
    •    Workshopped with Robert Henry, Bert Yarborough, Tom Knechtel, Richard Baker, and David Hilliard at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown MA

Projects and Shows
    •    Member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM)
    •    Invited to participate and create artwork for the 2008 Gala Dinner at PAAM
    •    Invited to participate in Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) Monoprint Projects
    •    Participated in Fine Arts Work Center (FAWC) All Town Shows 2005 - 2012
    •    Participated in a group show curated by Fine Arts Work Center Fellow Nathalie Miebach at FAWC January 2008
    •    Participated in numerous member shows at PAAM between 2000-2009

Recognition
    •    Member’s Juried Show, October 2011, PAAM
    •    Member’s Juried Show, March 2004, PAAM
    •    Member’s Juried Show, February 2003, PAAM

Marc's work is on display at the 3Harbors Realty offices in Truro and Provincetown, and are available exclusively through the Addison Art Gallery.

The View From Great Hill "Part of the Cape’s beauty lies in its many tidal inlets and harbors. The Pamet Harbor and River in Truro are quintessential examples. This view is from the Pamet Harbor Yacht Club—an unremarkable, almost hidden building on the southeast end of the harbor made remarkable by its spectacular surroundings. There is no more beautiful spot I think then the back deck on a late afternoon in summer. The vivid blue sky, the theatrics of the clouds, the shimmering surface of the water, the rickety pier, the little boats, and the fluorescent marsh grasses surround you. It’s an endlessly mesmerizing scene." - Marc Kundmann

The Cape’s industries have naturally been connected to the spectacular bodies of water that surround it, Tourism now dominates, but Capes towns were built on whaling, fishing, fish processing, and saltworks. In Truro, evidence of these are increasingly difficult to find. Cold Storage Beach, depicted in this painting, is not only a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and spend a lazy beach day, but it’s a perfect example of the evolving maritime industries of the Cape. It’s the former site of the cold storage fish processing plant. The only evidence left are two lobster trap sheds, transformed into idyllic beach cottages.

The Cape’s industries have naturally been connected to the spectacular bodies of water that surround it, Tourism now dominates, but Capes towns were built on whaling, fishing, fish processing, and saltworks. In Truro, evidence of these are increasingly difficult to find. Cold Storage Beach, depicted in this painting, is not only a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and spend a lazy beach day, but it’s a perfect example of the evolving maritime industries of the Cape. It’s the former site of the cold storage fish processing plant. The only evidence left are two lobster trap sheds, transformed into idyllic beach cottages. - Marc Kundmann

"Part of the Cape’s beauty lies in its many tidal inlets and harbors. The Pamet Harbor and River in Truro are quintessential examples. This view is from the Pamet Harbor Yacht Club—an unremarkable, almost hidden building on the southeast end of the harbor made remarkable by its spectacular surroundings. There is no more beautiful spot I think then the back deck on a late afternoon in summer. The vivid blue sky, the theatrics of the clouds, the shimmering surface of the water, the rickety pier, the little boats, and the fluorescent marsh grasses surround you. It’s an endlessly mesmerizing scene."