Artist Shawn Krueger
Encouraged by his grandmother as a child, the fine painter embraced the serenity of Tonalism, and discovered its commonality with the Arts & Crafts movement.
the painter Shawn Krueger traces his love of painting to his late grandmother Louise Krueger, a third-grade teacher and amateur painter who let him rummage through her paint box and encouraged his interest in art. He continued painting as he earned his BFA at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Later he traveled often to paint all around Great Britain, and he also studied at Oak Hill College in London. Krueger has focused on landscapes and scenes in nature. He was attracted to the serenity of the American Tonalism movement, which he looks to along with the tenets of plein air painting to create his wonderfully luminous landscapes. When Krueger bought a 1918 bungalow in Grand Rapids, he realized that his work and Arts & Crafts sensibility have much in common. Tonalism and the Arts & Crafts movement were roughly contemporaneous; both are based on love and respect for nature, hand-craftsmanship, and good design. In the past decade, Krueger has focused on Arts & Craftsgenre landscapes. He has won numerous awards and become a favorite exhibitor at A&C shows and galleries, especially in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
Shawn Krueger’s landscapes are a perfect complement to the warm woodwork and golden tones of American Arts & Crafts interiors.
Krueger acknowledges that bungalow owners are often hampered by limited wall space when they consider hanging a painting. He says his clients often use easels and table easels for display—atop a bookcase or piano, say, or on an oak side table in the glow of a copper and mica lamp.
Shawn’s goal is not to just record the scene, but also to convey its mood and allure. “If you look at my work and hear crickets, smell smoke in the air, or feel the coolness of a breeze on your skin, I feel I’ve done something right.” a
far left Layers of translucent color are built up as a painting is finished back in the studio. left Shawn Krueger in his painting studio.