Colorful, Modern Paintings by Krs
美国艺术评论家Dan Duhrkoop: Krs对色彩的大胆运用，为其作品赋予了极强的生命力
Kris Kullengren (or Krs, as he signs his work) is a Swedish painter currently living and working in Japan. His consistent use of bold colors, dynamic lines, and a mix of organic and patterned compositions make for extremely vibrant, engaging artwork—take a look below, and enjoy!
Kris Kullengren (或在艺术领域被称为Krs)是个瑞典艺术家，目前工作和居住于日本。他对色彩有着一贯的大胆运用。通过动态的线条，以及独特而充满生命力的形态和结构，他创作出了极为有活力的，富于感染力的艺术作品。以下为他的三幅作品，好好享受吧！
TheEarth Well has a double-meaning to Krs which he briefly shares on his website.
To him, this piece is both a representation of the earth (from the inner, red-hot core leading outward to the green and blue surface, and then on into outer space) as well as a memory of his childhood—staring down into a steep well, where leaves of all colors gathered on the water.
对于他来说，这幅作品既是对地球的描绘（从里往外看，炽热的地核到表面处的海洋和植被，蓝色和绿色部分，再到大气层和外太空），也是对儿时记忆的描绘 – 如同一个孩子朝一个井里往下望，而水面上浮着彩色的花瓣与植被。
I love both meanings, but I also especially enjoy the repetitive nature of the marks circling the paper. It’s an almost hypnotic pattern, and you really have to force yourself to look to see all the details hidden in it. If you just glance at this painting, the circular composition pulls you along faster than your eye can take it all in!
Next, Love that Shines has a similar barely-constrained energy, except the movement is all outward, bursting forth from a central rose with shining rays of gold and blue, and spiraling pink hearts outlined in red.
The mood is simply infectious! Love is in the air, and you just can’t help but smile at the glorious display of abandon in this painting. 🙂
Last but not least, The River is another favorite of mine, with its strong alternating colors and (of course!) a subtle sense of movement.
Green vegetation, pink flowers, and various colors of blue rivers divide this artwork into linear territories, each one broken up only by the shape of the elements within them (and some scattered gray rocks, too).
As with all of Krs’s pieces, the visual balance of this composition is perfect—which is yet another reason why I enjoy his work so much.
If you like it too, then by all means, take a few minutes to explore the rest of Krs’s artwork by visiting his website at krsart.com!
Introduction to the “Between Dream & Reality”Exhibition
By Keiichiro Tao
Bijutsu-Techo Editor, Tokyo, Japan
Hearing that Kris was holding an exhibition in Shanghai this May I decided to head over there. I saw him surrounded by people of all nationalities, chatting and pulling down laughter with an art explanation mic performance ending the night by Dj-ing himself. I asked Kris whether perhaps he, who was born in Sweden, lives in Tokyo and does art in China whether perhaps the way of looking at his paintings might vary depending on the country the person is from so I asked him if it is so. When I hear his answer; “To me it is not about where they are from but rather to treasure the meeting and communicate with respect” I felt myself strangely accepting the truth in that.
Kris’s works freely moves between the concrete and the abstract leaving interpretation to the viewer. Using light color strokes and pop icons like hearts it often creates a feeling of happiness while sometimes lancing the boils of humanity to release the poison within.
“From where comes this laissez faire attitude” I found myself thinking while watching his works. Perhaps this is why to him, the Japanese modern art scene seems difficult to grasp, full of rules and a culture, which awards “association” rather than originality. This interpretation of the scene seems natural when you considered he grew up in an area where borders are diffuse and now lives on an island where land is limited and which has a very distinct Eastern Culture.
There is a concept in Japanese art known as “Karumi軽”in Japanese art. It was minted by the legendary Haiku poet Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉) as a truth that he arrived at in his thoughts. It means to not to be intrusive but simple and part of everyday life. To simply add a touch of beauty to stir the heart is the meaning of this truth of beauty. When I look at the balance that Kris walks between the cultures of East and West, Love and Death, Beauty & Filth, I feel this truth of “Karumi” that Basho found only in his later years.
It seems to me that not only is it no coincidence that his art finds a following in China but that it transcends the ideas of impression and the meaning of the word artist and suggest that perhaps this is just what is needed right now.
I had just finished writing these sentences after going through the list of work that he has submitted for the exhibition when I checked my phone and saw a chat from Kris. It was two new AR pieces that he had just produced. I read it and was immediately struck by the thought that, this ambivalent balancing act he keeps doing between strong adversity towards technology and his ability to use it is a large part of who he is. I see him smiling at me with that mischievous glint and I knew that this exhibition would be a great success.
日本には、“軽み（karumi）”と呼ばれる美意識がある。日本における俳句の第一人者・松尾芭蕉 が到達した理念で、日常的な題材のなかに美を見出し、（仰々しくなく）さらりと表現する心得 を指す。西と東、愛と死、美と俗。その両者を知りながら絶妙なバランス感覚を魅せるクリスの作 品は、芭蕉が後年に行き着いた“軽み”に通じるものがある。
The Balance of the Existential Conflict Between Dream and Realities
Xirui Hao Xi An Contemporary Art Museum
With inspiration coming from dreams, Kris chooses to tell his dreams between the conscious and unconscious, to express the emotional truth with colors and images, to construct what he calls as ‘between the dream and reality’. His works, with a touch of mystery and conflict, bring forward an existential conflict that reaches a balance between the inner emotions and external visual constructs. This is a reflection of Kris’s duality perspective towards humanity with a philosophical bent that pivots on a contradictory yet mutually-reliant existence between dream and reality. Resonated with the naturalistic philosophy of August Strindberg, Kris’s works called by a primitive force that liberates from nature and humanity, sensitive and solitary. Kris uses strong colors to illustrate the images of dream combined with a free expression of inner emotions, leaving the audience a fantasy filled with contagious energy and whimsical imaginations as if the audience is experiencing his dreams between realities. Full of passion and individuality, his works break through the objectivity and hinge on a subjective touch to the soul.