Karl J. Kuerner, III
Karl J. Kuerner was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1957 – to Karl and Margaret Kuerner – third generation farmers. His artistic talent was recognized and nurtured at a very young age by Carolyn Wyeth – sister of Andrew Wyeth and a renowned artist in her own right.
Kuerner grew up surrounded by artists and the task of painting. From the age of seven he watched Andrew Wyeth paint some of his greatest works at the Kuerner Farm – Karl’s family homestead for three generations – and a major source of inspiration for more than 1,000 of Wyeth’s works of arts – and eventually over 300 of Kuerner’s own works.
As Karl matured artistically, Andrew Wyeth took a keen interest in the young artist and took him under his wing – mentoring and teaching him for more than three decades.
Andrew Wyeth said of Karl Kuerner, “I have always emphasized to Karl that an artist must paint what he loves . . . and Karl has been painting that which he loves for nearly forty years now. His work is inspiring and deeply introspective . . . it exhibits a strong honest quality that comes from deep within and touches the ordinary in a profound way.”
"Wyeth looked at Karl Kuerner and said, 'It's up to you to carry this on. And it won't be easy'. . . . Wyeth added, 'Karl understands what I'm about: pure, deep, emotion. (1) Karl's work is inspiring and deeply introspective . . . it exhibits a strong honest quality that comes from deep within and touches the ordinary in a profound way.' " (Excerpted from The Mother of All The Arts: A Personal Journey Into Agrarian Sources of the Artistic Impulse by Gene Logsdon, University Press of Kentucky, Fall, 2006.)
Kuerner had a joint showing of his work with Andrew Wyeth in 2004 at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Karl J. Kuerner is a painter of great restraint – deeply immersed in the teaching and influence of his mentors – but also very absorbed and moved by his farming traditions and Pennsylvania ancestry. He has contributed greatly to the tradition of American realism, and will continue to be a force in American art for years to come. A book of his paintings entitled All in a Day's Work was recently published in 2007 by Cedar Tree Press.
the artist's website
Information provided by Martin O'Rourke