Kevin Starr visual artist in painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media / performing artist in classical piano

Kevin Starr began playing classical piano at age 7. At age 16 he won a full scholarship to The Eastern Music Festival at Guilford College for the summer music program with talented music students from around the world. As a young man out of college studying piano performance he became a successful entrepreneur owning a salon and day spa for 15 years while being an internationally published hairstylist, a glam night club owner, an alternative magazine publisher, art gallery owner and art collector, a professionally trained classical pianist, a full time visual artist and sculptor, and an art photographer.  His complete focus is now in the arts. His work has been shown in the international airport, fine dining restaurants, in private collections, The Levine Children's Hospital's permanent collection, Elder Art Gallery Charlotte selected by Bloomberg News art critic Neal Esplund, and in locations where people gather to share ideas and intelligent discourse.

Rubato, acciaccatura, sonata, vivacissimo, pensieroso. These are all terms of expression that are a part of my vocabulary from studying classical piano since the age of 7 through college, and present. These terms I translate to my works of art through many interpretations in the media I use for each piece. I reflect my most current state of mind, and value all of my past - which I bring forward into my work. Introspection, observation, reaction, explanation. These are what motivate me to create each piece I make. I keep one foot in the most present, while keeping the other firmly in my past. I move through life with a keen since of interest. Searching those things that awaken me, move me forward, hold me back. The things that make me unique and are unique to me - that's what I tell in the art work I create. The piano is one of the media I use. I also use many others - photography, painting, mixed media sculpture, digital. I put no restraints to the tools I use in creating art. Oils, acrylic, watercolor, paper, cosmetics, discarded items, nostalgia, and so on. The materials help define the outcome of the work while shaping the expression of the idea. It's important to keep the eye moving and the mind wondering through the use of different textures, color, shapes, and forms. In this wondering is where the questions come, and where answers are not necessary. Even forbidden.

Mr. Starr’s work has been exhibited throughout the south in galleries, fine dining establishments, and coffee houses where art and ideas are discussed. The Actors Studio exhibited his artwork for a year along with large scale mural that hung outside the building. The Charlotte Douglas International airport featured an exhibit of his painting for 6 months, and extended it for another 6 months. His most recent exhibits include a group show at Elder Art Gallery - curated by Bloomberg Magazine Art critic Neal Esplund; a group show in Tieton, Washington that included a hard back fine art book of selected works; photographic work published in international Italian magazine H-Trends. Self-portrait #1 photograph will be featured in an exhibit and auction by GLAAD Art Auction November 18, 2014 at The Level at Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC.

Recent Exhibits
GLAAD Benefit and Art Auction 2013
November 18, 2013:  New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today announced GLAAD’s 2013 Top 100 Artists whose work will be auctioned at the 12th annual OUTAuction in New York City, presented by Bud Light and Rokk Vodka. The event will feature a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions featuring the works of Henri Matisse and Jordan Eagles, and a VIP after party. Proceeds from the event benefit GLAAD’s work to amplify the voices of the LGBT community by sharing stories of LGBT people in news, entertainment and social media. The event will be held on November 20, 2011 at 5 p.m. at New York City’s Metropolitan Pavilion.
Select pieces and a catalog of participating artists are available online at: http: //
GLAAD’s Top 100 Artists were selected by the volunteer Art Advisory Committee led by this year’s OUTAuction curator, Daneyal Mahmood.
OUTAuction is the largest and most visible art auction event in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, celebrating established and emerging artists as well as recognizing GLAAD’s Top 100 Artists.
GLAAD’s Art Advisory Committee selected exactly 100 featured artists from a pool of hundreds of submissions. This year’s Art Advisory Committee is comprised of various influential premier artists, foundations and galleries from the art industry.
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Self-portrait #1
print from b&w film
10x10x10xTieton Gallery Exhibition.
When: August 10 - October 19, Friday - Sunday, 12 - 3 PM.
Where: Mighty Tieton Warehouse Gallery, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Washington State
Self-portrait #2
print from b&w film
Copper David
print from color slide
The exhibit produced a hard cover fine art book available for book collectors.
Ditto 4.jpg
Third annual Carolinas Got Art!
Feb 20, 2013:  North and South Carolina's jurored art exhibition and sale ... “We are thrilled to partner with Belk for the 2013 show,” says Larry Elder, founder of Carolina's Got Art!.Participating artists will have their work reviewed by this year’s juror, Lance Esplund, art critic for Bloomberg News, and former chief art critic at the New York Sun and Wall Street Journal. Esplund will select pieces to hang in Elder Gallery in South End during a month-long show in May, giving artists an opportunity to sell their work in one of the city’s premier art galleries.
Ditto No. 4
4’ x 4’
oil on canvas
H-Trends Magazine
November 2013 Issue
An internatioal Italian fashion magazine
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print from b&w film
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport
2007, March - August
New York City, New York