Statement

To an anxiety prone planet of people, I offer Wonder, Form & Spirit. But only to those who share a love of the natural world, a good laugh and good relationships.

I find joy and rejuvenation by exploring our world. If I could package the benefits of wandering, I’d be a rich man. But at the very least, I can offer some of the joy I experience, communicated through the visual art of painting.

Art enhances environments, aids in healing, spurs curiosity and soothes the soul.

Todd Starks creates paintings using a variety of visual languages to talk about emotional space, shape, color, pattern and humor.

With a painterly style, Starks carefully builds up transparent and opaque layers. Using wet into wet oil paint, acrylic paint and drawing media, he allows a visual history of mark making and process to show through. Formally, the pieces are about composition, color harmonies, shape, and texture, yet each piece reveals a sensory and spiritual connection to the natural world around him, and a dynamic interplay between emotional and rational thought.

Todd has been influenced by painters such as David Hockney (landscapes), Vincent Van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani, Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, Mokoto Fujimura, Scott Burdick, and most of all, by God.

Selected Exhibitions

Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin.
Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, 2009
The Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, 2008
University of Wisconsin Hospital, Skylight Gallery, Madison, WI, 2007
Ebling Library, Madison, WI, 2006
Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI, 2006
Limner Gallery, New York, NY, 2003

Collections

Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison, WI
Numerous private collections across the United States and Europe

Representation

Integrated Art Group, Madison, WI
Milward Farrell Fine Art, Madison, WI
Artful Home, Madison, WI

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