New Work – Dolls!


                                 “Biker Cat Doll and His Dog”, Alison E. Kurek, 2014

I met Nicole Johnson, WNY’s reigning Queen of Polymer Clay, for breakfast this morning. If you are not familiar with Nicole’s work you should be! She makes fabulous one-of-a-kind art dolls, creepy cute monsters, and oh-so-many Zombies!

Nicole shared some of her doll making secrets with me more than a year ago. I was excited to learn how they were put together but more than intimidated by the thought of making clothes for them. I’ve never really sewn anything in my life and my mending and darning skills are limited — so I put doll making on the back burner and stuck with my paints and brushes.

Sometime early this year the doll making bug bit me. Maybe it’s the colder than normal temperatures that Buffalo has been experiencing this  year — or the repetitive nature of the work I made for wholesale orders — but I NEEDED to create something new and fun!

The dolls are still in the formative stage, they need a few tweeks and stitches before going up for adoption/sale, but I’m happy with the way they are turning out. Expect to see more of this type of work in my shop soon. Much more!

So thank you Nicole! Your encouragement and technique sharing has helped me to branch out in a new, fun direction.

You can find Nicole’s wonderful creations here and shop at her Etsy store HERE as well as finding  an image of one of her dolls at the end of this post.



                                       “Crazy Cat Lady Doll”, Alison E. Kurek, 2014




                          One of the Ladies, Nicole Johnson, 2013 — here’s a direct LINK



                        Infestation Monsters, Nicole Johnson, 2014 — here’s a direct LINK


Love is in the Air – New Small works

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s inspired me to create new small works. All of my new creatures look a little crabby –  probably because they have snowy weather cabin fever – but they’ll get over in time for Valentine’s Day.



Valentine Cats: Hiss and Make Up, a tiny Original can be found HERE




Snarky Valentine Dogs can be found HERE



And more Valentine Cats can be found HERE



Everything Old is New Again



Art History #4: Grant Wood's American Gothic -- sort of....


I can’t remember exactly how my Art History series began. It started about 2 years ago with a piece I called “VanGogh meets Warhol meets Parmigianino meets Kurek”. It was based on a Vincent VanGogh self portrait — but it also incorporated Warhol’s use of repetition — and it touched on late Renaissance Mannerism (Parmigianino’s Madonna with the Long Neck.)  Long, possibly bad, titles aside, the series has been well received and continues to grow. Here’s a look at my latest “victims”: Grant Wood and Max Beckmann. “Art History #4: Grant Wood’s American Gothic …. sort of…” is based on a painting that needs no introduction. “Art History #5: Max Beckmann Merlot” deviates a bit from the other pieces in the series. Warhol’s repetition wouldn’t have worked here. So, instead of creating four repetitive image cells, I added onto the original image. I changed the cigarette in Beckmann’s hand to a wine glass and added a table with a wine glass and bottle of wine. The image on the bottle of Beckmann Merlot features a miniature image of one of his still life paintings.

If it isn’t obvious, let me state that these works are all meant to be in good fun!  They are based on well known works, and I include “Art History”, the name of the original painting and/or the name of the original artist in each title. If you are not familiar with Max Beckmann, you should be!  He was an interesting character. Here’s a Wikipedia link to start you off:


Art History #5: Max Beckmann Merlot



You can find my originals and prints in my Etsy shop at: