“While much of the art of the past has dealt with the glories and follies of humankind, I feel a need to portray nature for its own sake with the hope of promoting value and respect for our unique planet and the varied form of life with which we share it.”
The art of Dennis Curry is based in his love of the natural world and its wildlife. Through this connection, Dennis has significantly contributed to conservation work around the world.
First traveling to East Africa in 1982, Dennis then co-founded Duma Safaris with friend and publisher, Christopher Law. This gave him the pleasure of introducing clients to the great game areas of Africa and sharing his appreciation of the wonderful diversity of this amazing part of our planet.
During his service with the United States army in 1966, Dennis was affiliated with the 25th infantry divisions combat artists program. This was a program to document the combat experience from an artist's perspective and taught his the power of the rendered image, as well as a deep desire to protect, rather than destroy, the environment.
Returning to civilian life in 1967, Dennis enrolled in art studies at Santa Monica College and
became caught up in the renaissance of original printmaking, becoming known for his works in the traditional intaglio mediums of etching and engraving.
In 1980 he was introduced to the contemporary printmaking medium of Mylar Lithography at Sid Frances' studio and in 1984 founded Blue Berry Press in Cambria, California for the creation of his own work as well as with other artists interested in creating with this exciting new medium. Dennis' graphics are widely collected nationally and internationally.
Moving away from printmaking and wildlife in 1999, Dennis began working in the more traditional medium of oil painting to capture the light and color of the landscape on location and in the studio.
What is an original print?
An original print begins with the artist's decision to create an image using one or more print media. Some examples are silk screen, intaglio, lithography, etc.
Once a print medium is selected the artist makes a separate stencil, plate or stone called a matrix to carry each color to the paper. In this way the image is built one press run at a time until completed.
Each medium has its' own distinct character which is usually why the artist chooses it. By contrast when printing is used for reproduction the goal is to approximate the characteristics of another medium, usually a painting.
Put simply, a reproduction is a copy of work of art. An original print is itself the work of art.
Interview with Dennis Curry from:
"What's Great About Paso Robles"
San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment
Society of Animal Artists
Artists for Conservation
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art