William Steven Kroll
Born a sixth generation Texan to a working-class family in 1958, Mr. Kroll’s passion for art was evident at an early age. By age four, Mr. Kroll had absconded with his mother’s Christmas gift, an oil painting set. He was found, hours later, having dutifully copied several of the family’s holiday greeting cards.
His paintings are expressions of honesty about our world, and that is not always pretty or flattering. True beauty, for his work, lies in the masterful execution of the painted surface. He believes that the portrayal of his subjects, with artistic license and realistic detail, allows them to reach beyond their, often humble, origins.
For the past thirty years he has also been a business owner and holds multiple patents on his work. To some, his day-to-day executive duties, worldwide travel and all-night painting binges might seem a bit overwhelming, but Mr. Kroll always has another horizon to reach. Stemming from his previous involvement with the commercialization of super-conductor technology, he is currently developing new processes and products in the field of nanotechnology.
Mr. Kroll knows he is a fortunate man. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife of thirty years. They have two children together, both attending university and pursuing advanced degrees. He, unlike many others around the world, has the privilege of not only creating art, but also the luxury of producing whatsoever he chooses. His paintings provide a personal insight about the society we live in and its values for this and future generations to come.
The constant internal drive to create is Mr. Kroll’s daily bread. Like the water we drink and the air we breathe, art for him is necessary for life.
Steven Kroll, Ineffective Marketing Techniques, 48h x 42w, oil on linen; Courtesy of the artist
Steven Kroll, Twenty Innocents, In memoriam of the children of Sandy Hook, 2013, 42h x 40w, Oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist
Steven Kroll, Previously Owned Lawn Care Equipment, 48w x 50h, oil on linen; Courtesy of the artist
Steven Kroll, Patented Clamshell Modular Utility Pole Base, 48h x 36w, Oil on linen; Courtesy of the artist
Steven Kroll, Grid Patterns Utilized as a Subliminal Routing, 36h x 48w, Oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist
Steven Kroll, Eros, 36 x 36, Oil on Linen; Courtesy of the artist