Sandra Kuck (American – Contemporary); Child with Doll; original airbrush on board; signed and dated (2003) lower right; mounted in a substantial glazed, gilded wood frame; 18 1/2 x 14 1/2ins sight (visible painting) size (27 x 23ins overall frame size).
A lucky find in England, where her work is not so well known, here is a very rare opportunity to buy a Sandra Kuck original at well below half her usual gallery prices.
PROVENANCE: Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner. The subject is a child who was at a children's nursery visited by the artist in Stratford upon Avon, in the North Cotswolds, England. The previous owner is the mother of another child who was at the nursery at the time, who was also painted by the artist.
CONDITION: The painting is in perfect original condition (the small lines in our photographs are reflections from the glass) . The frame is also in good condition apart from a few tiny dings.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: Encouraged by her mother, another gifted painter, Sandra Kuck started painting at 14 years old. She was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, and after graduating from high school in California continued her education at University of California, Los Angeles and the Arts Students League, New York City. She is an unprecedented seven times National Association of Limited Edition Dealers Artist of the Year award winner.
She describes her style as "Romantic Realism" and says: "My paintings are meant to be an escape from reality, an escape to the charm and romanticism of a Victorian era, rich in detail, pattern and decoration. I am interested in creating a peaceful mood through the subject matter, but also one that is visually exciting through the interplay of light and pattern and color."
Her art has become a National institution, with massive print sales, illustrations in many books and on collectible limited edition plated, greeting cards and gift bags.
She finds the children who are her subjects on annual trips to the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty in England: "There is a "fresh from God" look that children under 5 convey. Their skin is perfect, their eyes full of innocence. They look like little angels. I take those qualities and romanticize them. As far as the pink–cheeked children who pose for me, most are from Cotswold, England where we travel once a year."
Sandra Kuck lives and maintains a studio in Boca Raton, Florida.