Art Van Kraft
I am a story teller who once used words and now uses paint and canvas. The stories are the same....they tell who we are, and what are we really doing. Dare we look?....
These paintings are American's hidden lives...the things that move us…the things we long for...
I use strong colors and figures to develop an orchestra of images...
I combine the role of the social observer with the skill of an artist to show bold new paintings that peek inside us all...a place we rarely wish to look. The content driven paintings reflect my past sideline job as a News Director for National Public Radio in Southern California."
Saatchi Art. Santa Monica, Ca.
Art/LA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca.
Hale Arts Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca,
CBS Art Collections, Westport, CT.
Los Angeles Art Association since 2015.
Solo and Group Shows
2016 "Cross Currents," Saatchi Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
2015 NEXTGallery Palazzo Somaglia, Piacenza, Italy.
2015 bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Ca
2014 Art L.A., Los Angeles Convention Center.
2014 Hale Arts Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
2014 Art/LA, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca.
2014 L.A. Juried Open, Topanga Canyon Gallery (group show)
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 L.A. Juried Open, 2nd Place, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca
2011 Cal State Channel Islands, Palm Ave. Gallery, Solo Show
2010 California State Main Street Gallery, Ventura, Ca.
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
1980 University of Southern California .
1982 B.F.A. San Diego State University, San Diego, Ca.
2008 Post Graduate Fine Art, Cal State University, Channel Islands.
2008 Paris American Academy, Fine Art, Paris.
"These paintings are Americans hidden lives, the things that move us…the things we long for." A. Van Kraft
Kraft combines the role of the social observer with the skills of an artist to show bold new paintings that peek inside us all....a place he says we rarely wish to look. The content driven paintings reflect his past sideline job as an award winning News Director for National Public Radio in Southern California.
"Not surprisingly, I paint what I see going on in my world. I call my latest series American's hidden lives. What are the things that move us…the things we long for? I've seen cultural vacuumes where we long for attachment and settle for desire. I’ve also seen people struggling to find meaning in their lives and settling for empty, successes. I feel that if a painting says, 'I have something to do with you,' that's a success".
All paintings are for sale. Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000.
Contact artist in Los Angeles:
805 495-5862. email firstname.lastname@example.org