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The freedom to create

Cassie Pence
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyKevin Krasnoff
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EAGLE-VAIL – One of artist Kevan Krasnoff’s paintings lingered for 20 years, resistant to change. It had its own life cycle, traveling to different galleries and hanging in friends’ homes. One day Krasnoff ran out of usable canvas. The practical artist halted all action and peered about his studio in search of a painting that needed change. The 20-year-old painting did not squirm or duck out of sight, but rose its hand and volunteered to be altered.

Krasnoff painted what was once a very abstract water piece into stormy impressionistic aspens. The atmospheric elements of the background stayed and dictated the new storm. “In the painting, you could see its history and its past,” Krasnoff said. “Paintings dictate what they need from me.”

Krasnoff is inspired by impermanence and continuity. Like in nature – which is the subject of most of his abstract pieces – where if the wind picks up or the sun dips down the entire scene changes. Krasnoff paints primarily with acrylic on canvas, though he also works with stone, metal and found objects.Although what Krasnoff paints is a frozen arbitrary moment in time, his paintings are extremely kinetic. He understands how life is continuous. “It is so much about energy and movement,” Krasnoff said.



Krasnoff is a big outdoorsman, which is evident from his tan. He bikes, hikes, boats and skis. The freedom of his lifestyle allows him to paing. His muse is nature, however, when he sits down to paint, he doesn’t think, ‘Oh, I’ll paint this beautiful cliff I saw.” The images he absorbs just flow from his brain to his hand to the canvas.One identifiable image in his abstracts is the aspen.

“Aspens are so mysterious, ever changing with the slightest breeze.” Krasnoff said. “It is a subject matter with infinite possibilities.”The white trunk is a composition device, Krasnoff said, to convey an abstract interpretation of a forest. Krasnoff encourages viewers to interpret his paintings. He wants their imaginations to be engaged.



“If you put an invitation to interpret out there, you must go with the responses,” Krasnoff said.Some of Krasnoff paintings are expansive, like those suggesting a horizon. Others are more restricted of space, like his aspens with dancing leaves. Some are under painted and some are over painted. But all of his paintings communicate life’s progression.For more information on the Collaborative in Eagle-Vail, contact Simone at 949-ART.


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