San Rafael, CA
Over 20 years ago I found what I consider to be my voice and my vocabulary as an artist. With a consistent palette and use of both strong color and line, this vocabulary has freed me to focus more on the story I wish to tell and less on the words I use in the telling of that story. The recurring figures represented in many of my pieces have made their own journey as well. In earlier work they were lonely or lost souls fighting against excess and inner conflict, but now they are exclusively celebratory, loving and joyful – a direct reflection of the happiness and joy I’ve found in my own life with my wife, Nikki, and my daughters, Sienna and Kira. Digital Assemblage Collection: My process has evolved over the years from the use of acrylics and pastels on wood panel or canvas to what is now a true composite of both traditional and digital painting techniques. This includes the creation of key elements with acrylics and pastels, digitization of those elements, and finally refinement of composition, color and scale within the digital space. The seemingly simple and quickly resolving compositions serve as metaphors for the pure emotions they represent. Flower Power Collection: I recently introduced my Flower Power Collection. These are all original mixed media and resin on wood panel compositions. After many years of working in the digital space I felt a desire to create pieces that were both larger in scale and involved more in the way of traditional art-making practice. There are numerous steps to creating these works and each has taken time to perfect. I couldn't be happier with the results and I look forward to continuing to add to this collection over the coming months and years.
Artist John Kraft was born in Los Angeles in 1967. After graduating in 1989 with degrees in both Mechanical and Marine Engineering, John decided to pursue an artistic path. Throughout the 1990s he developed a style and visual vocabulary punctuated by bright colors and whimsical themes. He was selected as a featured artist by Apple in 2001, and his art has been included in Better Homes and Gardens, The Artful Home and Modern Painters. He has received coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and MacWorld UK. In 2010, John was selected to create a large heart for Heroes & Hearts, which benefits the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. John recently participated in the Amsterdam based Project eARTh, and his work will be featured in an upcoming live auction benefitting the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. A full-time artist, John lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and his work can be found in both private and corporate collections worldwide.