2014 Hale Arts Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca
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
2012 CBS Art Collections, Westport, CT
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.
My full resume and art is available at www.artkraftart.com email firstname.lastname@example.org New Show upcomming Aug 16, 2014 Hale Arts Santa Monica