Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Ingram.
Kristin, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Introspection, getting lost within, has always been a big part of my life. Growing up in a very rural community in southern Illinois, I was surrounded by a lot of nature and not much else. So, I daydreamed. I’d imagine myself as someone else, someplace else. Using it to explore new realities or to escape them.
It was inevitable that the same deep introspection that drove my life, would also drive my artwork.
I began painting at a young age, and I fell in love with the medium. It led me to pursue my degree in Fine Art, from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and pushed me to further my practice.
In the past ten years of working as a professional artist, I have traveled many different artistic paths. As a sculptor, metal worker, floral designer, prop and event designer, writer, musician, graphic artist, and woodworker, but always, I come back to my first love, painting.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a figurative painter working in the Chicago area, and my work often reflects a push back against the modest sensibilities of the Midwest in which I was raised. Flaunting boldly brush-stoked and hyperpigmented figures in sometimes quiet, sometimes confrontational compositions, my work shifts between subtle and bold, vast and intimate, but always with an element of deep introspection.
The process is a big part of my work, an acknowledgment of the medium that I’m using, and a breakdown of the illusion that I’m cheating by manipulating the figure. Juxtaposing reality with abstraction and patterns, I try to capture a sense of time in my paintings.
I believe that good art asks a question. For me, in a world that is constantly shouting, where we are constantly asked to consume, my work asks you to slow down, be quiet, and look inside. An invitation to introspection. To look within.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Don’t let fear hold you back. We are all in this together, and more often than not others are far more willing to help or lend advice than you might think, all it takes is to reach out, especially in your local community or an online community, and you will find other artists that are happy to support you.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I was at the West Town Art Walk last Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6th. I will be exhibiting new paintings at 2130 W. Chicago Avenue, along with the west end of the art walk.
My work is represented at Peace of Art Gallery, in Bloomingdale, IL. I also have an online portfolio of my work on my website www.kristiningramart.com, and on Instagram and Facebook @kristiningramart. Where I am also available for portraits or commission and have a list of original pieces that are available for sale.
- Website: www.kristiningramart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/KristinIngramArt
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/KristinIngramArt