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KURLAND - Bruce American still-life painter Bruce Kurland died on December 11, 2013 in Buffalo, New York following a long illness. Born on May 16, 1938 in the Bronx, Kurland studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1959-1961 and at the National Academy School of Fine Arts from 1961-1963. Kurland began showing his work in New York City galleries in the mid-1960s and was later represented by Joan Washburn, Claude Bernard, and Victoria Munroe. His work is housed in private collections in the United States and Europe and is featured at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the Burchfield Penney Art Center and other university collections. Kurland was initially influenced by early European practitioners of the still-life genre such as Fabritius, Chardin, and Morandi, whose quiet reveries he inflected with a contemporary vision of mortality. Kurland infused his paintings with a powerful attention to, and tangible affection for, nature 'red in tooth and claw,' conjuring "a little world with which I could do anything I wanted." A monograph of his work has been published by Avocet Editions and is available through Artbook--DAP. Kurland is survived by three daughters, Hannah Kurland, Yetta Kurland, and Justine Kurland; two grandchildren, Vita Kurland and Casper McCorkle; and his former wife Toni Lamberti. A Memorial Service will be held in New York City in January. In lieu of flowers, scholarship donations may be sent in Kurland's name to the Art Students League of New York at 215 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019. Friends may leave condolences online at

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Published in the Buffalo News on Dec. 16, 2013