Fitz Liked The Briny Ones
oil paint on glass
Framed Dimensions: 17” x 17”
Christopher Kroehler, Fitz Liked The Briny Ones
Christopher Kroehler was born and raised in Japan where he lived for sixteen years before moving to the United States to attend college. He grew up in a small rural town in Fukushima Prefecture and was exposed to the rich culture and the many artisans living in the region. The neighboring town of Hongo is well known for its pottery and Kroehler would often ride his bike there to watch masters throwing pots and if lucky, observe the workers in the process of firing pottery in the hill-climbing kiln (noborigama).
He graduated from the University of Washington in 1988 with a BFA in painting and began showing his work in Seattle galleries in 1989. For the past twenty plus years he has been concentrating his efforts with painting on glass. Kroehler developed a method of dimensional painting, which utilizes the transparent quality of glass by applying paint to both the outer and inner surfaces, as well as the canvas backing. As a result, light plays a major role in the work by casting shadows onto the canvas. In the end, the effect is the incorporation of several separate surfaces into a cohesive and dimensional whole.
Each of his paintings tells a story. They play at form, color, and image; experiments of expression which read beneath the surface.
The ceramic figures and wood pieces are an exploration into sculpture, giving him another medium to share his playful cast of characters.