Otto Sturcke

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    Otto Sturcke

     

    Pastel 12 x 9

    The Hard Truth by Otto Sturcke was selected as a Finalist in the July 2019 BoldBrush Painting Competition.

     

    Biography

     

    Otto Stürcke was born in 1971 and grew up in Southern California. Primarily self-taught, Stürcke joined the U.S. Marine Corps in hopes of attaining financial aid to attend an art college. His plans were momentarily altered in 1991 when he was called to serve in Desert Storm. Soon after his military service, Stürcke enrolled in art workshops and courses at several local art associations and colleges while launching his illustration career under the mentorship of Mike Butkus. Working as an illustrator served Stürcke for honing many techniques and found pastels to be his principal medium of choice.

     

    As a representational artist, Stürcke seeks to find common ground between the contemporary and the classical. Greatly influenced by the Dutch Masters, Stürcke aims to depict the personal, the emotional, and the quiet elegance in his paintings through light, shadow, and texture.

    In recent years, Stürcke has garnered recognition and several awards for his works including the title of Master Pastelist and the Art Spirit Foundation Dianne B. Bernhard Gold Medal Award by the Pastel Society of America, 1st Place in Pastel Journal’s 19th Annual Pastel 100 Competition Animal/Wildlife Category, 1st Place in the 8th Annual Members Show of the Pastel Society of Southern California, Stabilo Award at the 1st International Pastel Exhibition in Rome, Butler Institute of American Art Selection, the Robert & Patricia Suggs Award by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, the “Best of 2012” by Art Los Angeles Magazine, and has also been chosen to be part of the American Latino Collective at the Smithsonian Museum. His work has been published in the French publication “40 Maitres du Pastel” (40 Masters of Pastel) by Pratique des Arts Magazine, “The Art of Chalk” by Tracy Lee Stum, and as “Artist of Note” by Southwest Art Magazine.

     

    Awards & Recognition

    • 2019 Goodmundson Family Award, PSWC Pastels USA 33rd Annual International Open Exhibition
    • 2018 Best In Show, 4th Annual Rejoice In Art! National Exhibition
    • 2018 People's Choice Award, 4th Annual Rejoice In Art! National Exhibition
    • 2018 Outstanding Pastel, July BoldBrush Painting Competition
    • 2018 Schmincke Award, UART 2018 Online Pastel Competition
    • 2018 Juried, California Art Club 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
    • 2018 2nd Place, 9th Annual PSSC Members' Exhibition, Miniature Category
    • 2017 Stabilo Award, 1st International Pastel Exhibition in Tivoli, Italy, PASIT
    • 2017 1st Place, 19th Annual Pastel 100 Competition, Pastel Journal, Animal/Wildlife Category
    • 2017 Master Pastelist recognition by Pastel Society of America Board of Governors
    • 2017 Juried, California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
    • 2017 Butler Institute of American Art Selection, Dr. Louis A. Zona
    • 2017 FineArtStore.com & Henry Roche Selection Award, Pastel Society of America 45th Annual
    • 2017 1st Place, 8th Annual Pastel Society of Southern California Members' Exhibition
    • 2016 Honorable Mention, 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition
    • 2016 Juried, California Art Club 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
    • 2015 Juried, International Association of Pastel Societies 27th Annual Exhibition
    • 2015 Juried, California Art Club 104th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
    • 2014 Butler Institute of American Art Selection, Dr. Louis A. Zona
    • 2014 Robert & Patricia Suggs Award, Pastel Society of the West Coast Open Exhibition
    • 2014 Pastel Society of New Mexico Award, Pastel Society of America 42nd Annual Open Exhibition
    • 2014 Outstanding Pastel, BoldBrush Painting Competition
    • 2014 Juried, California Art Club 103th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
    • 2013 Outstanding Pastel, BoldBrush Painting Competition
    • 2013 Lee Banerer Award, California Art League "Magical" Exhibition
    • 2013 3rd Place, California Art League Gold Medal Exhibition

    Membership

    • California Art Club, Artist Member
    • Pastel Society of America, Master Pastelist
    • Pastel Society of Southern California
    • Pastel Society of the West Coast

     

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