Kyle Surges

b. 1989

In 2014 I was asked to be a juror at an exhibition in a local arts center. Kyle had submitted a small painting of a single Hershey's chocolate nestled in its foil wrapper. We awarded him top prize and then I bought darn thing — I couldn't help myself. Fast forward to this, his first solo Chicago gallery show. Surges is that rare bird (nowadays), a young artist who really learned how to paint in school, in his case at the American Academy of Art here in Chicago. His highly skilled approach to oil painting is clearly shown in these selected works.

Kyle finds both beauty and compelling subject matter in bits and pieces of discarded Americana — every day objects whose native elegance is exposed in his meticulous portraits. The artist trolls for these things, often finding them on ebay. For some of us (of a certain age) these pictures are nostalgic. I certainly had my own Red Ryder BB gun and my fist bottle of Old Spice! But these works also transcend the obvious references and become iconic surrogates for our deeply held beliefs of value, quality and craftsmanship — even honesty. Through his efforts, we can recall a time past when these virtues were taken for granted.

To learn more about Kyle visit his website: kylesurges.com

Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Coke and Cooler, 2020
oil on panel
40 x 32 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12598
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Coke Carrier, 2020
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12599
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Coke and Cooler, 2020
oil on panel
40 x 32 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12598
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Coke Carrier, 2020
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12599
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
I Want to Hold Your Hold, 2020
oil on panel
12 x 12 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12601
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Royal Empress, 2020
oil on panel
21 x 42 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12604
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Beatlemania, 2020
oil on panel
54 x 24 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12622
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Frango Mints, 2021
oil on canvas
6 x 6 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12663
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Drinking Happy Bird, 2020
oil on panel
14 x 14 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12600
SOLD
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Jailhouse Rock, 2020
oil on panel
16 x 16 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12602
SOLD
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Mod Radio, 2020
oil on panel
14 x 25 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12603
SOLD
Kyle Surges (b. 1989)
Summer S'more, 2020
oil on panel
5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#12605
SOLD