Watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″
Two watercolor on paper from Arthur Kraft’s Garden of the God series.
Kraft’s time in Colorado is undocumented and remains a mystery to date. His specimen-like illustration of rocks found in Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods provides a remarkable contrast to the usual panoramic views of the monumental geologic formations in the park.
Title: “Outer Dwellings, Gormenghast”
Watercolor on paper
Dimensions: 21″ x 28″
Gormenghast is a fictional castle that features prominently in a series of fantasy works penned by Mervyn Peake. The Gormenghast series comprises three novels, originally published between 1946 and 1959.
Photos from the 2003 exhibition “Rediscovering Arthur Kraft” at the Carter Art Center, Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Missouri.
The exhibition was curated by Sherman Reed Anderson Ph.D.
Dr. Anderson also curated “The Art and Words of Arthur Kraft” for the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, St. Joseph, Missouri in 2002.
In support of the Arthur Kraft Scholarship, the FRIENDS of the Carter Art Center along with the MCC Foundation are selling original Arthur Kraft “Tree of Life” lithographs for $150. Lithographs are signed by Arthur Kraft and numbered.
To purchase one for your collection visit the Carter Art Center or click here for ordering information: http://mcckc.edu/pennvalley/art/friends
Upcoming exhibition at
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum
2818 Frederick Avenue
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64506
For over two decades Jim and Virginia Moffett have been collecting the art of Colorado. The Kansas City residents have always had a passion for art, but it was when they purchased a Birger Sandzen oil painting of the Rocky Mountains that they realized they were going to need more pieces for this Colorado collection they had started. Artists in Colorado did most of their visual experiences on paper as they attempted to capture the peaks, valley and gorgeous scenery that this state has to offer. Drawing made on site in sketchbooks, as well as portable watercolors may have been used to capture composition ideas for later paintings and editioned prints. The exhibition consists of ninety works on paper by forty-five different artists, including Xavier Barile, Mary Chenoweth, Lloyd Foltz, Arthur Kraft, Ila McAfee, and George Vander Sluis, to name a few.
Opening Reception open to the public at no charge will be held Friday, April 13th, 2012 from 4-7 pm. The exhibition runs through June 3, 2012.
Posting from the askart.com Discussion board:
David Farmer – 11/07/2009
Kansas City Public Library Mural
I was fortunate enough to know Arthur and, along with a small group of his friends and associates, work for him on the assembly of the mural for the Kansas City Public Library. Under his direction, we hand cut and glued the mosaic tile to sections of stiff cardboard which were later transported to the site and installed in place by local union tile setters. It was a memorable experience working for the man and even these many years later, I can still pick out the various sections that I had a hand in assembling.
Since I have an affection for owls, he gave me a colored pencil and watercolor sketch of the owl that nests in one of the trees in the mural. I will always hold fond memories of Arthur and my experiences working under his direction.