Artist Shawn Krueger

Arts and Crafts Homes - - CONTENTS - by Brian D. Cole­man

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.

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