Kyle Stuckey is an American realist painter who began studying art during his high school years simply because he needed an art credit to graduate. He then fell in love with oil painting as he studied masters like Sargent and Waterhouse, took workshops from today’s masters, and became a member of the Putney Painters learning alongside some of the greatest artists today. Over the following decade, he continued to work with oil and develop and refine his impressionistic realism style. Today he enjoys painting an array of subject matter: people, places, and things.
Kyle has spent much time traveling around the world, painting as he goes. Originally from New Hampshire, Kyle has also spent time in Asia, Europe, Central America, and the U.S. west coast. Now he is living in Charleston, SC.
**Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America
**Member of The Portrait Society of America
I was first drawn to the art world through illustration and figurative paintings. I loved the idea of being able to tell a whole story in a single image. I would marvel at the abilities of masters like Waterhouse, Sargent, Zorn, and Bouguereau. I was not only inspired by the way they mastered their technique in controlling value, color, composition, and drawing, but also their ability to tell stories and relay emotion and experiences in their art. I strive to do the same. I want the viewer to be able to relate to and feel what it is that I’m feeling when I see the subject matter--whether that's a person, a scene from my travels, or a related collection of objects.
My style is impressionistic realism. I want to have an accurate rendering of my subject, but not every detail needs to be there. Like a well-written book, it does not need to be filled with every minor detail in order to tell your story. There is a place for full detail, and there is a place for simplicity and space--just enough information for viewers to understand and feel what I am saying. My work often uses the full value scale. I like to have a high contrast of lights and darks, along with accurate vibrant colors and a variety in brushwork, paint texture, and transparency.
Awards and Recognitions:
Portraiture Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Seaside
Finalist: Oil Painters of America, 29th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Woman in the White Dress
Finalist: 14th Annual Art Renewal Center Salon, In Royal Blue
Finalist: Oil Painters of America, 28th Annual National Juried Exhibition, In Pale Pink I
Finalist: Portrait Society of America's Members Only Competition, Red Earring
Third Place: Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition, Figure/Portrait: Femi
Third Place: Oil Painters of America Fall Showcase
Finalist: Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional Exhibition
First Place: OPA Online Showcase Competition (Summer 2017)
Second Place: OPA Online Showcase Competition (Spring 2017)
Finalist: Oil Painters of America, 26th Annual National Exhibition
Certificate of Excellence: Portrait Society of America, 19th Annual International Portrait
Finalist: Richeson 75 International Art Competition, Still Life and Floral
Best Floral in the Feb/Mar, Plein Air Salon Competition
Best Floral in the December/January, Plain Air Salon Competition
Finalist: International Art Renewal Center Salon,
Junius Allen Memorial Award through the Salmagundi Club's Junior Artist &
Scholarship Members' Award in NYC
First Place award in oil category: Art in the Park, Keene, NH
Finalist: The Artist's Magazine Cover Competition
Acceptance into NYC's Salmagundi Club,
Finalist in International Art Renewal Center Salon
Top 10 Finalist: American Artist Cover Competition
Best of Show Award: Bold Brush Competition
Second Place award: Southwest Art Magazine: "21 Under 31" Competition
Scholarship: Scottsdale Artists School