Risk Connecting: A conversation with painter Kyle Staver

Kyle Staver's 'Skaters, 2009', oil on linen Image: kylestaver.com

Writing for the Huffington Post, critic John Seed describes Kyle Staver as "a painter of intimate vignettes of human relationships presented in a quirky, personal and playful style. She developed the conviction that painting had become her own non-verbal form of language capable of expressing what words cannot." In a career spanning over 25 years, Staver's figurative paintings, prints and sculptures have been shown extensively on the East Coast and can be found in numerous private and public collections. She has been the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and has twice won the National Academy Museum's Benjamin Altman Figure Prize. Her most recent work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in Manhattan from Oct. 17 through Nov. 23. The need for artists to connect with their work, their peers and their audience is a subject much on Staver's mind. "Art is all connected," Staver told art historian and curator Jennifer Samet in an interview published on Hyperallergic.com. "It is about the underpinnings of everything we make and think about. We are always building on top of something else…Painters have more in common than we don't have in common; we share DNA." She visits for a conversation with Homewood Art Workshops Director Craig Hankin.

To download images of Staver's work, go to: http://kylestaver.com/index.html. To see a short video interview, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP5OQX5-A5U

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