Greenwich Arts Council presents Ken Kraus

Last Stop, an acrylic on canvas, will be part of the show.

Last Stop, an acrylic on canvas, will be part of the show.

New work by versatile architect, painter and sculptor Ken Kraus will be on view at the Bendheim Gallery until May 9.

Presented by the Greenwich Arts Council, this show features roughly 40 paintings and a dozen sculptures. Kraus rained at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students’ League in New York.

His work as an architect informs everything that he creates, “imbuing solid compositional structure through all his art while permitting a uniquely expressive use of color.”

The paintings possess the “chromatic burst and formal strength that can only come from the eye of a natural colorist and the hand of a trained architect”.

His abstract and colorful landscapes are inspired by residence in Italy, evocative of “days in deserted cities or on Mediterranean beaches.”

As Mr. Kraus states in a press release, “The quest for aesthetic beauty inspires me to paint. I take great pleasure in the physical act of putting paint down — and I try to convey this to the viewer by producing layered, dynamic canvases.

“But mostly, I paint in pursuit of discovering the new: Re-presenting the world in novel color and unusual proportion giving a fresh perspective on life.”

His sculptures express a very physical aesthetic, seemingly bringing the paintings into three dimensions.

They are bold strokes of acrylic painted metal projected into space according to the arts council which says, “Highly gestural, even the table-top sculptures can appear monumental striking a pitch-perfect balance between energetic sweeps of color and clear, tight detail.”

The exhibition will be a focal point for guided tours, arts education and outreach programming to the Greenwich Public Schools through the GAC [email protected] Program, Student Docent training, Art Saturday Workshops and the Greenwich Adult Family Day Care.

The Greenwich Arts Council is located at 299 Greenwich Avenue.

Admission is free and the galleries are handicap accessible.

For more information on this exhibit, call 203-862-6750 or visit Greenwichcouncilarts.org.

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