(Image: Kris Haas, 6581.070209, 2009, Oil, polyurethane on Archival Paper, 12 x 18 x .01 inches; © Kris Haas)
Kris Haas (b. 1971, Portland, Oregon)
I see my work as being a visual experiment to move the viewer to start understanding the importance of visual language without the use of verbal language. I also feel it is necessary for people to take the time to look more closely and to start seeing what is before them. In order to achieve this within my work I find it necessary to apply colour in such a vivid stark way that it draws the viewer into the world of converging energies inside of different dimensions.
I have this necessity to constantly explore uncharted territory within myself and to try to achieve a balance by not going down the same road twice within my work. That is why my art is always changing and experimental within it's own context.
On November 8th, 2008, I started on a path of creativity, with no initial idea of the outcome. As far as I knew, I was only commemorating my beloved cat, named after Jackson Pollock, that had just passed away on that day. I created four new paintings on 11"x14" paper that were completely different from any work I had done before. Jump to November 7th, 2009: I finished piece # 10,202. I had only one rule that year: no matter how bad my migraines, seizures, and extreme fatigue that comes with a Brain Injury, I had to create at least one piece every day. With this in mind, I evolved from the type of creative artist I knew I could be into the one I wanted to be.
What happened that year is nothing short of a creative miracle that I alone have memories of. I had discovered things about myself as an artist (and as someone with a brain injury disability) that became so profound, insightful, inspirational, and empowering that I have felt compelled to share this with others. For my new project, I will paint 10,000 pieces in one year again but this time with LIVE STREAMING VIDEO 24/7, showing all the intimate details that an artist can go through in the creative process.
Kris Haas is offering a wide variety of originals for sale in the ArtSlant Salesroom (here).
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