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Will Kolstad: Paintings and Drawings

August 17 - September 14, 2003


Renowned for his honest depiction of everyday modern life, the works of Milwaukee artist Will Kolstad will be on display at the Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., from August 17 - September 14.

Will Kolstad: Paintings and Drawings uses a variety of mediums to depict scenes of regular Americans at work and at play. Kolstad's genre scenes strike the viewer as simultaneously modern and timeless, just as the figures he depicts are at once individuals and archetypes. Paintings and Drawings guides the viewer through themes as varied as the mediums used. Exploring subjects from intense isolation to simple leisure, Kolstad draws the viewer into the lives and experiences of his figures.

"Future generations will look at Will Kolstad's art and know much more than apartment interiors in solitude, casual American get-togethers on open lawns, or the images of men at their labors and at leisure," said Jurek Polanski, a Visual Arts Correspondent for ArtScope.net, in a recent review of Kolstad's work. "Will Kolstad's viewers will feel their moods, their solitudes and fellowships, their personalities."

"In the works I make reference to the visual world around us and from this point investigate super and substructures," explained Kolstad. "This process and the reevaluation (of being) bring me naturally to a process of deduction. A sequence of form may make itself evident, relationships become clear or ones own act of being is given a new meaning."

About the Artist

The study of nature and humanity has intrigued Will Kolstad since he began studying art formally at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Since his graduation in 1984, Kolstad's works have been included in multiple public and private collections as well as featured in exhibitions throughout the Midwest. Kolstad is currently employed as an artist for Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, Wisconsin and is represented by the Pelte Gallery of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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