For a couple of days in the early summer of 2019 we took over a part of Shangai’s visual identity and turned people’s attention to the importance of having dreams.
We created the world’s first gamified fine art exhibition in a Cinema inside the Mercedez Benz Arena and then subsequently painted the skies around the Shangahi Pearl TV Tower as well as all the 10 subway lines in Central Shanghai.
Oh, and we now have Chinese movie stars wearing the art on T-shirts 😂
Every time we say “how can we ever beat this” and then we go on to do it.
I am truly blessed to have a fantastic team around me and people that support me all over the world.
Kris Kullengren, known as Krs for his painting, comes from Sweden. He chose to move to Japan at an early age of 17. Before 24, he had moved 17 times and travelled over 30 countries. And this experience of living in greatly different cultures, languages and ways of life has made him see, beyond the differences, the universality in humanity that can bridge the essential differences of culture, language, age, race, social class and life. This realization has become the cornerstone for where his creativity comes from, and the key message he hopes to deliver through his works.
Although 10 years’ hard practice wouldn’t be rare in the contemporary painting career, Krs is unique in his staying true to his inner emotions and letting the colors shape them, which is why his paintings usually strike people with an instant feeling of a strong emotion. His signature use of bold colors, dramatic, impulsive and expressive brushwork is unique, and behind these dramatic colors he hopes to achieve a connection between souls. For him, every painting comes from a unique moment of an individual life snapshot, irreplicable and irreversible.
Those who love his art can see the life and soul in his paintings, and relate to the unique emotions behind. This understanding in audience is Krs’ achieved balance of meticulous practice and an inclusive genuine caring and appreciation for life.
Over the last 20 years Kris has worked across a wide range of disciplines often collaborating with musicians and other artists, and has applied his art to a vast range of international business.