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Artist Bio

James Kroner b. 1978 grew up in direct opposition to his exterior world, it seemed. There was a stark contrast between his normal suburban lifestyle and all those inner adversities of a troubled youth. The two could not be made to fit together and this gave birth to a need, a need to write. By the time he was in high school he would sit for hours to write, page after page was written fueled by the blind enthusiasm to understand himself, thus carrying him through years of journal writing. The road to realization came from this ritual. Again he could return to the solitude and silence of the written page and find meaning within the throes of a world.

This same world held much visual interest and fascination as well. Kroner began studying art in his early twenties and eventually deliberated to pursue it over his longstanding study of philosophy. Something clicked for him while drawing a series of gesture poses from a figure modeling class, and it was from this click, that happened again and again which opened his mind to the path he would take.

During his MFA at the Academy of Art University S.F., James cultivated a powerful shift in focus driven towards self-development as a painter. He received numerous awards including first place for landscape painting 2010 Annual Spring Show, and a full scholarship to study in Italy for the summer of 2011. He has since exhibited his artwork in a large number of shows including solo shows and various group shows. He received the Emerging Artist of 2014, a Solo Exhibition through the Academy’s Atelier Gallery in San Francisco.  

We see an incredible awareness of light and atmosphere within his scenes, glowing with an ethereal vitality as if actually alive and moving. From across the room his scenes take on a striking sense of realism in some areas while in others diverge into an orchestral arrangement of tone and color, dissolving away from form altogether yet maintaining a wonderful harmony as a whole. There is a vigorous presence, and a fragility, as if he took a risk within his process of painting. He says that “While painting I want to make a discovery, the process itself is an unknown and the viewer can also see this excitement within the work.” He is continually shifting his approach to fit with a result.  

Exhibiting in numerous galleries for a variety of group and solo shows Kroner has already caught the attention of collectors and enthusiasts. This emerging artist shows a keen ability and growing reputation, looking to be just the beginning of a long, adventurous career.

C.V.

Education

2011 – 2013   MFA Drawing/Painting, Academy of Art University
2005 – 2010 BFA Drawing/Painting, Academy of Art University

Solo Exhibitions

04/18/2016 Desta Gallery San Anselmo CA.
07/11/2014 “Instinct” Christian Daniels Gallery SF
02/06/2014 “Energy In Nature” Emerging Artist Exhibition, Academy of Art University, Atelier Gallery, SF

Group Exhibitions

09/28/2017   American Impressionists Society 18th Annual Juried Show, Park City, Utah                                 09/23/2017   Artist for the New Century Juried Exhibition, The Bennington, Vermont                                      05/04/2017   William Wray and James Kroner, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.                           03/03/2017   Paintguide 2nd Installment, Booth Gallery, New York                                                                           12/02/2016   Small Works Show, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.                                                         11/11/2016   3 Artist Show, Christopher Hill Gallery, St. Helena, CA.                                                                           07/26/2016   Last Days of Summer, LPAPA Juried Exhibition, Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach CA.      05/14/2016   Young Masters Exhibition, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
03/02/2016   Uptown, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.
02/27/2016   Small Gems Show, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
10/17/2015    Small Works Show, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA.
10/10/2015    Urban Light,  3 man show Christopher Hill Gallery, Healdsburg, CA.
05/01/2015   Streets of San Francisco, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
03/09/2015   Still Motion Exhibition, 2 artist show Desta Gallery San Anselmo CA.
02/28/2015   Small Gems, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
01/29/2015   City Streets, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA
11/15/2014     30th Anniversary Waterhouse Gallery Exhibition, Santa Barbara CA.
08/12/2014    Small Works Salon,  Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
05/02/2014   Streets of San Francisco, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
07/19/2013     Plein Air, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
05/02/2013   Streets of San Francisco, Christian Daniels Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
10/13/2012     City Lights, Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.
06/02/2012   Annual Spring Show Academy of Art University The Cannery, San Francisco, CA.
03/01/2012    A Summer In Italy, The Cannery, San Francisco, CA.
12/10/2012     Small Works Show, Renditions Art Gallery, Walnut Creek CA.
11/03/2011      Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
05/25/2011     Annual Spring Show Academy Art University 1849 Washington, San Francisco, CA.
10/30/2010    Senior Show Academy of Art University, Atelier Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
05/26/2010    Annual Spring Show Academy of Art University, Atelier Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
11/03/2009     Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
06/05/2009   Senior Portfolio Show, Academy of Art University, Gallery 688, San Francisco, CA.
10/05/2008    Journey: 1661 Hours, Academy of Art University, Gallery 688, San Francisco, CA,
06/02/2008    Annual Spring Show Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA.
2006               Silicon Valley Open Studios, San Jose, CA.

Awards and Scholarships

2016 June         1st Place, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association in Residence at Forest & Ocean Gallery, Last Days of Summer Juried Exhibtion

2015 Oct/Nov    1st Place Overall PleinAir Salon Competition
2015 Oct/Nov     Best Water Depiction Award PleinAir Salon
2015 April/May   Best Nocturne Award Plein Air Salon Competition
2014 Feb            “Emerging Artist 2014” Solo Exhibition Academy of Art University SF
2012 May            Honorable Mention Award Annual Spring Show AAU SF
2011 June            Full Scholarship Award, Summer Study Abroad in Italy
2010 May            First Place Landscape Painting Annual Spring Show AAU
2010 May            Third Place Figure Painting Award Annual Spring Show AAU

Press and Publications

Print

2017      PleinAir Magazine, Aug/Sept Issue, Nocturnes, Sunsets and Sunrises, article and quotes                             2016      PleinAir Magazine, March Issue, Plein Air Salon Winners Announcement
2014      Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, July Issue Solo Exhibition Announcement for “Instinct” at Christian Daniels Gallery
2014      American Art Collector Magazine, July Issue, Solo Exhibition Announcement for “Instinct” at Christian Daniels Gallery
2014      American Art Collector Magazine, February Issue, interview for “Emerging Artist Show” at Atelier Gallery
2013      American Art Collector Magazine July Issue, Article ’Plein Air Showcase’ on Group Show at Christian Daniels Gallery

Online

2017     Outdoor Painter, September, Noctures, Sunsets and Sunrises, article and quotes                                             2015      PleinAir Collector, December Interview “Of Course This Salon Winner Painted in the Rain”
2015      Artists on Art Magazine, Summer Issue, “Visionary Work”
2015      Plein Air Collector, August , Awards Feature: Best Nocturne Award


Teaching Workshops

Sept 2017    Urban Abstractions Plein Air Workshop @ Carmel Visual Arts Center, Carmel, CA.                                  May 2017     Plein Air Cityscape Workshop @ London Fine Art Studios, London, UK                                                        May 2017     Plein Air Northern Italy Lake Como and Venice                                                                                                     April 2017    Plein Air Cityscape Workshop in San Francisco, CA                                                                                             June 2016    Plein Air Cityscape Workshop @ London Fine Art Studios, London, UK
May 2016     Plein Air Workshop in Umbria and Tuscany, Italy
Sept 2015     Plein Air Workshop in Umbria and Tuscany, Italy