Grovewood Gallery will present Landscapes of Southern Appalachia, a solo exhibition of work by painter Shawn Krueger, from Oct. 19 - Dec. 31. There will be a free opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2-5 p.m. that gives the public an opportunity to meet the artist.
Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Shawn Krueger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Calvin College in the late 90s. His approach to painting is rooted in the American Arts & Crafts and Tonalist traditions – both based on love and respect for nature, hand-craftsmanship, and good design.
When asked what drew him to this style, Krueger says, “Their shared ethos is timeless and compelling: Create fully with your head, heart and hand. Use natural materials. Be in tune with nature. I think to some degree the typically warm, low-key color palette found in both genres suits my outlook and temperament as a painter.”
Landscapes of Southern Appalachia will feature studio works from plein air studies Krueger did on his recent travels in and around Western North Carolina.
“As far as subject matter goes, I have found myself recently enamored with the large, old growth Tulip Poplars in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest,” says Krueger. “While their disproportionate scale makes for compelling compositions, it's the almost otherworldly eeriness to some of these massive trees that holds the greatest appeal for me.”
While exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, Krueger says he’s also enjoyed the challenge of depicting things such as tumbled rocks, rivers and waterfalls. “How does one convey movement in a still image,” asks Krueger. “How do I create the roar of rushing water when a painting is inherently quiet? These are the questions that have kept me awake in the past year.”
In addition to Grovewood Gallery, Krueger also showcases his work at the National Arts and Crafts Conference each February at The Omni Grove Park Inn. In 2016, he was juried into the highly reputable Roycrofters-at-Large Association (RALA), whose mission is “educating, fostering and inspiring through the continual evolution of the Arts and Crafts Movement.” As of 2019, he is also a signature member of the American Tonalist Society (ATS).