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Art Van Kraft

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Lives in
Los Angeles

Website

Schools
Univ. So Cal, B.Arts

Representing galleries
AoBliss Gallery, Los Angeles ART/LA, Bergamot Station, Ca. CBS Art Collectiions, Westport CT., Santa Monica

Tags
modern, landscape, figurative, social commentary, allegorical figures, moody surrealism, landscapes modern

Statement

Representation

ART/LA Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, Ca.

AoBliss Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.

CBS Art Collections, Westport Ct.

 

Contact artist in Los Angeles:

805 495-5862.    email artukraft@msn.com     

 

Exhibits and Shows

2014               Comming in Aug. 2014, Hale Arts Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca,

2014               Art/LA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca. 

2014                L.A. Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery

2013                Korean National News Gallery, Busan, South Korea

2013                Gallery LVS  Seoul, South Korea

2012                BIAF International  Show  Seoul, South Korea

2012                 The 2012 London- Los Angeles Brit Week  Show, Downtown L.A.

2012                 L.A. Juried Open, 2nd Place, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

2011                 Galerie Rheeway, artist show, 8th Street, Los Angeles, Ca. 

2011                  Art  L.A. Now Southern California  

2011                 Solo Show ,Cal State Channel Islands, Palm Ave. Gallery,

2011                  L.A. Juried Open, 2nd Place,  Topanga Canyon Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

2010                  California State Main Street Gallery, Ventura, Ca.

2010                   Art Slant International Web Gallery, Showcase winner  2010, 2011

2009                   Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

2008                   Tarfest, Juried, Curator of Contemporary Art, L.A.C.M.A.

2008                   Pavilion du Val de Grace, Paris

2008                  John Spoor Broome Library, Cal State Channel Islands

 

For the past decade I’ve been painting what I’ve seen going on in the world around me. These paintings are Americans hidden lives, the things that move us…the things we long for.


Art Kraft combines the role of the social observer with the skill of the artist to show bold new images that peek inside us all. A place Kraft says we rarely wish to look.

 

"Not surprisingly, I paint what I see going on in the world around me. I call my latest series American's hidden lives, the things that move us…the things we long for. I’ve seen people struggling to find meaning in their lives and settling for empty, “successes". I’ve seen our longing for attachment and for affection, and I’ve seen that it’s possible to create your own prison and long for escape.

 

I expect my paintings to provide some means of escape, some evidence of a vital, genuine world. I want my paintings to show compassion, not for others so much, but for ourselves. If painting says “that has something to do with me,” that’s a success"

 

 Kraft has used his skills to paint insightful, moving images. He soon discovered that painting is in reality, a form of writing. The forms and colors on the canvas are not just reflections, but ideas. They are things that are really there, but just out of sight; fear, longing, attachment, our cultural isolation, our quest for love.

In 2000 he left his position as the News Director of a Southern California, National Public Radio station, to devote his full time to painting. Years of training as a writer have combined with three decades of artistic struggle, to produce his body of work.

 

All paintings are for sale. Prices range from $2,000 to $3,400.  

 New Show upcomming Aug 16, 2014  Hale Arts Santa Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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