Curtis Newkirk, Jr.



Curtis Newkirk Jr. is an artist from Northern VA who resides in Richmond, VA. Curtis graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and has previously shown work at several exhibitions and won many awards over the years. Most recently, he has been featured in the New American Paintings 2020 South Issue and the 2020 documentary, The Builder. Curtis primarily works with oil and acrylic on wood. His work style involves bold colors, detailed objects and figures, and abstract brushwork. His paintings are an extension of his identity and life experiences. They are inspired by black culture, heavily influenced by hip-hop, fashion, his southern roots, and his love for the city. Curtis strives to create work that portrays African Americans powerfully and positively and to represent black and brown people in the art community.

Career Highlights


2022 | “Black Void” Black Iris Gallery, Richmond, Va (solo)

2021 | 3rd Annual Charity Art Gala, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, Richmond, Va (group)

2021 | “Zone 10” Eden Airlines, Richmond, Va (group)

2020 | “FOUR HORSEMEN & THE APOCALYPSE” Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, Va (group)

2019 | National Juried Exhibition, The Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC

2014 | “Life Beyond the Mist” Massey Cancer Center at VCU, Richmond, Va (solo)

2014 | “Life Beyond the Mist” Barcode First Friday, Richmond, Va (solo)

2012 |“Re-Form” Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, Va (group)

2009 | 14th Annual Juried Exhibition, League of Reston Artist, Reston, Va



2020 | The Builder, Art Documentary, Featured Artist, Shockoe Artspace, Richmond, Va

2020 | New American Paintings, South Issue 148, Featured Artist Pg. 170-173



2020 | RVA Magazine, “Building A Collection, Building A Scene.” 21 October 2020

Research Practice

BA, Virginia Commonwealth University

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