Roger Kuntz


Roger Kuntz
Woman Floating
Bronze, on marble base, c. 1968
10 ½ x 8 x 3 ½ inches
Courtesy of Mary Kuntz-Coté
Value: $3,500
Starting bid: $1,750
Staff Pick

“Kuntz’s bronze sculptures are less known than his paintings. Dating from the 1960s, these small figural works are both playful and appealing. I would love to own several of them and constantly display them in different arrangements. This particular piece raises the question—is she floating in space or in water? You pick.” —Janet Blake, Curator of Historical Art

Roger Kuntz received his arts education at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, and later taught for eight years at Scripps College. He was represented by Felix Landau Gallery in Los Angeles, and participated in both group and solo exhibitions, including one-artist shows in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Toward the end of his life Kuntz was a resident of Laguna Beach.

He described his approach to painting as finding “an abstract order of form lurking quite close to the surface of conventional reality”:

“An artist must penetrate beyond the surface of reality, distilling and re-ordering the motif until it becomes integrated and intensely more than a mere record of events.”

Kuntz garnered his most positive reviews for a series of paintings, begun in 1959, that depicted the elaborate freeway systems of the Los Angeles area. A few years later he started his Bathtub series, a suite of works depicting both men and women—solo or in pairs—in the bath, often painted in a palette of blue, red, and white. At the same time, he began making small bronze sculptures, nearly all nude women in various poses—dancing, bathing, or swimming, such as Woman Floating. The small figure is attached only at the hips to the base, completing the illusion of floating on air or in water.

Selected collections
Laguna Art Museum
Orange County Museum of Art
Scripps College

Selected exhibitions
Freeway Paintings, Constructions, Pasadena Art Museum
Roger Kuntz: The Shadow Between Representation and Abstraction, Laguna Art Museum
Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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