David Kurzydlo is an ex medical illustrator who for the last five years has been practicing full time as a ‘fine artist’ focussing purely on gallery work. Since 2011 he has had several solo shows in Sydney, Melbourne and his home town of Newcastle, gaining a loyal following amongst his ever expanding collector base, particularly in Sydney. In 2014 he completed a residency in Berlin, Germany, exhibiting the work both overseas and in Sydney on his return. He is having a show in LA later in the year.

Kurzydlo has become known for his intensely emotional imagery, particularly his psychological portraits which often incorporate birds as lyrical references. He contrasts broad gestural marks with areas of intense detail, urging the viewer to stare hypnotically into the work to absorb the full range of emotions being expressed. Works on wood using the grain as part of the imagery are one of his trademarks.

Kurzydlo has a degree in fine art with a major in natural history illustration from the University of Newcastle and an Advanced Diploma from Newcastle Art School graduating in 2010 with a major in oil painting. He won the Newcastle emerging artist of the year in 2012. David has been a featured artist in numerous mainstream publications. He has entered the Archibald Prize for the last three years with portraits of his friend, actor and media personality Rhys Muldoon and Australian batsman David Warner.

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Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
University of Newcastle - 2000
Major - natural history illustration

Fine Arts Advanced Diploma
Newcastle Art School - 2010
Major - oil painting


Resolved - Drawing Exhibition (Group) Pod Space Gallery - Newcastle - December 2010
Director’s Choice Art Exhibition ) (Group) Council Chamber’s Room - Newcastle - March 2011
Works On Paper Prize Finalists Exhibition (Group) Brunswick Street Gallery - Melbourne - February 2011
Tarred and Feathered Kaleidoscope Gallery - Paddington - Sydney - April 2011
MyMy - Invitational Exhibition For Opening of New Premises (Group) Kaleidoscope Gallery - Danks Street - Waterloo - Sydney - July 2011
Tarred and Feathered Again Forsight Gallery - Newcastle - August 2011
Pop Psychology Brunswick Street Gallery - Melbourne - September 2011
10:12 - Invitational Showcase Exhibition for Sydney Art Month (Group) Kaleidoscope Gallery - Waterloo - Sydney - March 2012
Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize - Finalists Exhibition (Group) NCAC Gallery - Newcastle - May 2012
Headspace - Psychological Portraiture Kaleidoscope Gallery - Waterloo - Sydney - July 2012
Headshot Platform 72 - Darlinghurst - Sydney - September 2012
The Mourning Show Forsight Gallery - Newcastle - October 2012
One Too Many Brunswick Street Gallery - Melbourne - December 2012
Cabin Fever (Group) Platform 72 - Darlinghurst - Sydney - May 2013
David Kurzydlo New Work Platform 72 - Darlinghurst - Sydney - June 2013
‘DIFFERENT STROKES’ - Stupid Krap print exhibition (Group) Just Us Gallery - Maroochydore - December 2013
Angel Bones Platform 72 - Darlinghurst - Sydney - March 2014
TURNINTENSIVE - Takt Artist in Residence spring show (Group) Kunstraum Tapir - Berlin Germany - June 2014
The Berlin Drawings Platform 72 - Chippendale(2nd Location) - Sydney - August 2014
Cranium - Annual Group Show M2 Gallery - Sydney - 2015
Paradox - Pop Up Exhibition 'The Weave' - Marrickville - Sydney - December 2015


Australian Doctor - Medical journal - 2000-2004 - medical illustration
Australian Home Beautiful magazine - September 2011 - featured artworks
Empty magazine - Issue 22 - 2012/2013 - featured artist
Desktop magazine - issue 297 - September 2013 - Stupid Krap Remix Album - featured artist/artwork
Hellbound magazine - Issue 1 coffee table book - 2013 - featured artist
Stupid Krap Red Book - Artwork and Bios of artists collected by Stupid Krap
Scoop magazine - artist profile - January 2014
RUSSH magazine online - artist interview and show promo - December 2015


Brett Whiteley, Caravaggio, Nigel Milsom, Pat Perry, Albert Durer, Goya, Anthony Bourdain

42cm (W) x 60cm (H)
25cm (W) x 34cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
25cm (W) x 34.5cm (H)
Watercolour Paint
99cm (W) x 134.5cm (H)