Photo of the artist Aaron Kraten.
The Shipment has arrived and soon we will all get a peek at the work of artist Aaron Kraten's recent studio work. Later this week, I will post some details about the specific pieces we are about to unwrap.
Until then, a little information about Aaron and his work pulled from Wikipedia.
Kraten is a mixed media artist, using found objects such as refrigerator doors and discarded windows to dismantled doghouses and old street signs as well as using nontraditional paint media such as correction fluid. He prefers to use his hands to work directly with the paint, giving a textured quality to the work; it is intriguing to note that brushes are never used in any of his pieces. Aaron is a self-taught artist.
One of his best known paintings is Workers Compensation 2003, which depicts a table found in the trash. It was entirely fingerpainted.
Kraten grew up in Huntington Beach, California and spent many of his formative years drawing in 100-page sketchbooks, a practice he continues to this day. In 1999, while Kraten was working as a Vespa motorcycle mechanic, he experimented with painting on found objects. Kraten's first sales emerged after starting to display work in the thrift store, Stateside, at The Lab Anti-Mall where he was employed at the time, and sold a fair amount of it.
Soon after, Kraten began submitting his work to galleries and museums in Southern California. Kraten's work has been shown in museums such as the Laguna Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and galleries such as Gallery 23; Gallery C; Seven Degrees; and Subject Matter. Kraten shows about 4 times a year and posts new work on his website often. Kraten has filled over 58 100-page sketchbooks and created over 350 paintings. He currently paints full-time.
Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) - Newport Beach, CA. (group exhibit) "10/10" October 11, 2002
Gallery 23 - Costa Mesa, CA. (group exhibit) "Dee Dee Ramone" May 12 - June 13, 2002
The Camp - Costa Mesa, CA. (group exhibit) "Remix" June 27–28, 2003
7 degrees - Laguna Beach, CA. (Solo exhibit) "Latest Works" September 1 - October 1, 2003
Laguna Art Museum - Laguna Beach, CA. (group exhibit) "21-art pack" October 13 - November 15, 2003
Gallery C - Redondo Beach, CA. (group exhibit) "Nine" July 29 - September 11, 2003
Subject Matter - Costa Mesa, CA. (group exhibit) "Chapter 10" September 18 - October 18, 2004
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA. (group exhibit) "Fresh" June 4, 2004
Wax Poetic - Burbank, CA (Solo exhibit) "Latest Works" January 22 - February 22, 2005
Gallery 1988 - Los Angeles, CA. (group exhibit) "I am 8bit" April 18 - May 19, 2006
Rothick Art Haus - Anaheim, CA. (group exhibit) "Doll Haus" April 9 - May 7, 2011
Art Wino - Richmond, VA (group exhibit) "G40 the Summit" March 1 - March 30 - 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA (group exhibit) "Fresh" March 24 - 2012
Rothick Art Haus - Anaheim, CA. (group exhibit) "7 Deadly Sins" April 14 - 2012
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