Self-taught artist Vern Kittler of Sheboygan began his artistic life creating tattoos. He now devotes himself to inventive paintings.
Silver Lake College will be showing his works from Sept. 28 through Oct. 30 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. An artist’s reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2. All are welcome.
“I'm excited that Vern will be showing at Silver Lake College and feel the students will really respond to his work,” said Erin LaBonte, Assistant Professor of Art.
“The subject matter of much of his works is fantastical and imaginative. He has a unique way of juxtaposing objects and forms, many of which are from nature, to create new meanings,” she said. “He also has a real attention to surface detail. It is exciting to step up to his paintings and see how the paint was applied.”
Kittler started tattooing at a studio in Sheboygan in spring 2010. Shortly after, he began focusing on painting primarily in acrylic, although he says he enjoys all mediums.
“(I’ve) always been a doodler, drawing funny cartoons or some type of humorous images and never thought to try and refine myself as an artist,” Kittler said.
“The paintings and works I will be showing are all trials and practices of my journey into surrealism and my imagination,” he said.
“I deeply enjoy the act of painting and portrayal of different objects and textures in different types of environments and trying to make the viewer ‘believe’ it could be real,” Kittler said. “I enjoy discovering new ways to manipulate the paint to create different effects and texturing.”
Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The public is welcome. There is no cost for admission.