Join us to celebrate our opening of ‘Eleusinian Mysteries,’ a selection of paintings by Kim Krause from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the gallery with an artist talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. Krause describes his works in his Artist Statement.
I consider being an artist a way of living, and a daily invention. It is my attempt to engage the world fully, on my own terms, through paint. It is a continuing exploration by, and of, the imagination.
It is essential that I don’t know what is going to happen in a painting. It has to come as a result of “moving toward something”, a constant life-affirming process of creating with mind and hand.
The series of paintings based on the Eleusinian Mysteries, an initiation rite of the Cult of Demeter established over 3000 years ago, has provided a fertile source to explore the process of revelation and change. The Eleusinian Mysteries was an actual week-long rite of initiation and centers on the abduction of Persephone with the initiates, in a state of frenzy, being marched to the town of Eleusis where a great and formidable secret was revealed to them. The message, or perhaps the viewing of some object, was so astonishing that the initiates claim that it fundamentally changed the way they saw the universe. The vow of secrecy was complete in every aspect and to this day scholars have yet to determine what lies at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
This series explores various stages of the Mysteries attempting to make visual the emotional circumstances such a revelation might produce.
Krause is a Cincinnati native whose paintings have been included in over 120 exhibitions both nationally and internationally. The artist’s work has been purchased for numerous public, private and corporate collections including Atlantic Richfield, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Evansville Museum of Art, among others.
Krause attended the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning; Birkbeck College, University of London, England; earning his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and his MFA from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York. He is professor of Art at the Art Academy where he also co-chairs the Studio Program.