Anita Kunz: Paintings
March 18 - April 15, 2017
(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to present Anita Kunz: Paintings, featuring the artist’s beautiful and iconic illustrations. In her upcoming show, Kunz addresses the hierarchy of human interaction and how we relate to other species, while portraying strong female protagonists in both classical and fantastical settings.
Greatly influenced and encouraged by her uncle, educational illustrator Robert Kunz, Anita fully immersed herself in art at an early age. Her distinctive style is created using watercolor and acrylic paints on illustration board, with the occasional incorporation of collage materials. As a magazine illustrator, Kunz’s work often addresses relevant social and political concerns, allowing her to use art as a means to contribute to the framework of society. While Kunz’s distinguishing style is consistent throughout her incredible oeuvre, her recent studio work communicates more self-expression and personal character.
“I have always been concerned with political systems and social justice, and my published work in the past has reflected my concern for the human condition. More recently I have begun to focus on the anthropological origins of our collective behavior as a means of understanding the frailty of our existence. My work is concerned with symbiosis with other species, and our own collective narratives. To this end I examine gender politics, our brutish treatment of other species and stories we tell ourselves.” -- Anita Kunz, 2017
Toronto-based artist Anita Kunz is internationally known for her illustration work, which has been seen in, and on the cover of, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, The New York Times, Sony Music, Random House Publishing and many others. From 1988 to 1990, she was one of two artists chosen by Rolling Stone magazine to produce a monthly illustrated History of Rock ‘n Roll end paper.
She has exhibited in several museums, with many of her pieces included in the permanent collections at Library of Congress, the Canadian Archives in Ottawa, the McCord Museum in Montreal, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and a number of her Time Magazine cover paintings are in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
She has been appointed Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor, and recently received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal of Honor. She will be inducted in the Museum of American Illustration Hall of Fame in New York in 2017.
In addition to producing her own art, Kunz frequently teaches workshops and lectures at universities and institutions internationally, including the Smithsonian and the Corcoran in Washington DC. Her summer workshops have been conducted at the Illustration Academy in Sarasota Florida, and at the Masters of Art degree program at Syracuse University.