Kim Krause is a Cincinnati native whose paintings have been included in over one hundred and thirty exhibitions, including fifteen solo exhibitions. His work has been purchased for numerous public, private and corporate collections including Atlantic Richfield, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art, Chase Manhattan Bank, Fidelity Investments, The Procter and Gamble Company, PNC Bank, Safeco Insurance, Scripps Howard Corporation, Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany; and the Federal Reserve Bank, among others.
Krause has been artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida; Rathausgalerie, Munich, Germany; The Cooper Union, New York; the Chateau, Rochefort-en-Terre, France; Spiro Arts, Park City, Utah, and The Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico.
Krause earned his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York. He is professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.
I consider being an artist a way of living, and a daily invention. Being an artist is my attempt to engage the world fully, on my own terms, through paint. It is a continuing exploration by, and of, the imagination. What I am trying to express in a painting is the result of a kind of dance between process and desire. For me, the work has to take on a heartbeat, something that can survive in the world without me.
It is essential that I don’t know what is going to happen in a painting. I believe you cannot think it up in advance. It has to come as a consequence of moving toward something. I am interested in forms that attempt elegance but celebrate awkwardness. My work is driven by an anxious and necessary state of uncertainty in search of a glimpse of life-affirming possibilities.
My time at SFAI was a golden opportunity to push my work to another level and engage a thriving arts community. The facilities are some of the finest anywhere focused on supporting artistic exploration and production and making so many new friends was special. The SFAI staff were always helpful and made me feel a part of the family.