Artist Statement

The Spirit of Venice,
created for Save Venice Inc.

Artistic geometry and Renaissance classicism are my two passions. My interest in them grew out of learning how to draw as artists did five-hundred years ago. I’m especially fascinated with how ideas and concepts are transformed through the centuries, flourishing one moment then ignored and lost in others. My artistic motivation is to show how classicism, which is a skill set based on the workings of nature, is vital to our world today. Western Civilization has left a rich heritage that we’ve overlooked for centuries. It’s a cultural tragedy when knowledge is lost, and through my art and teaching, I work to bring it back to life.

— Kurt Wenner