Homesick – The Act of Painting – Victor & Felix Kraus 2008
Munich artist Victor Kraus has been exploring the depths of painting’s possibilities for over two decades. As he grapples with the themes and qualities of classical modern styles (figures, interiors and still life), he freely employs his painting method to reflect on the current debate in today’s art scene.
The act of painting and the desire to paint lie at the heart of his method. From his final work comes to pass a constantly stirring interplay of intuition – expressed first in an energized state of subjective location, and then in a reflexive treatment of differentiated settings: painting and over-painting, layer over layer, collage upon collage.
His still life, interiors and bio-morphed forms from the last few years reveal the mysteries hidden behind everyday subjects. Bordering on abstraction, Kraus’s flower and plant fragments can serve as a vehicle that sharpens the sense of being in both the natural surroundings and the man-made elements of our world. His work can thus in some ways transform reality into magic.
Quoted from an interview in the magazine „Autistic Dialogues,” Victor Kraus described his artistic method as follows:
I use the object as the starting point for a painting, seeking to free that object from its function, from its encumbered goal, then subject it to another order, perhaps that of beauty. This happens often through intense reduction, through the disintegration of physical qualities, through the elimination of the object’s weight or its shadow. Even the projection of space onto a non-illusionary surface helps bring the object into an inherently painted reality. Even my frequently used collages, from colorful, haphazardly partly dirtied paper, play a substantial part in this process.
Victor Kraus has earned both national and international standing through museum-based solo exhibits in institutes like Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Sprengel Museum Hanover, Lothringer Halle Munich, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, and the Goethe Institute in San Francisco. His art has also been shown in art clubs all over Germany, including Braunschweig, Heidelberg, Erlangen, and Dortmund. The Ahlen Art Museum is planning a large retrospective of his art in 2006.
The artist has also earned recognition through diverse art scholarships – including scholarships from the city of Munich and the state of Niedersachsen, and a Bavaria state scholarship for study in the United States (San Francisco) – as well as through art awards, such as the Nuremburg Art Support Prize, Art Magazine’s art competition prize and the Bavarian state support prize.
Works in Public Collections
Gesellschaft der Freunde des Hauses der Kunst, Munich
Niederreuther Stiftung, Munich-Gauting
Städtische Kunstsammlung Wertingen
Kunststiftung Celle im Bomann-Museum
Sammlung Robert Simon
Deutsche Bank Frankfurt
Deutsche Bank Munich
Frankfurter Hypothekenbank Centralboden AG
Airport Franz-Josef-Strauss, Munich
Company Brunata, Munich
Schleswig Holsteinisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig