Arthur Kvarnstrom is primarily a landscape painter whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including Trahern Gallery at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tennessee and the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ. In New York his paintings have been exhibited in solo shows at the Prince Street Gallery where he has been a member for ten years. New York group exhibitions include the George Billis Gallery and the Kouros Gallery. Recently he was awarded an artist’s residency by the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Cranberry Island in Maine. He has an MFA from Kent State and a BFA from the University of Arizona. He also studied drawing at the Art Student’s League. He currently lives in Manhattan and has a studio in Long Island City.
My watercolor paintings embody qualities that are increasingly important to me. They rely on relationships of form and space while employing color as a means of expression and communication. The Dunnfield Creek series, painted over a period of several years represents my interpretation of abstract shapes found in this particular landscape.
The natural world offers countless choices of creative elements. These universal images contain infinite varieties for mixing and reinterpreting, a springboard for the imagination. Exploring landscape presents challenging and engaging opportunities to create abstract relationships.
Growing up in the country, walking in the fields and woods allowed for a thorough immersion in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. The natural world is alive and wondrous. Being present in nature is a deeply spiritual experience that I share through painting. Painting is a meditation on nature akin to poetry.