Kristin Krimmel, painter and art educator is originally from Vancouver. She studied at UBC and at the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Reims, France; taught at Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1983-89) and has shown both locally and internationally. Kristin Krimmel is widely travelled, has undertaken art residencies at home and abroad and has been twice selected for the Joan Miro Foundation's International Drawing Competition.
"In my art practice over the years, it's the act of painting that has been a necessity to me, whether in oil, watercolor or acrylic. I like the physical immediacy of creating an image through paint and the process of making constant aesthetic decisions as each stage of the painting progresses.
Love and Grief Series:
In 2013, artist Kristin Krimmel lost a close friend with whom she had shared a profound love of language and literature. They delighted in the composition of words, their refined usage, depth of meaning, origins and history. In the ensuing months, feeling emotionally raw, she began to translate her grief into a visual expression of her inner turmoil. In the process she came to understand that the deepest components of friendship and its loss was simply a cycle of grief and love.
Krimmel has captured the essence of the emotional questions and vulnerabilities lingering under the surface which people go through while presenting to the world a cool exterior of normalcy. In these reflective images, we can find echoes of our own feelings whether it be in the elation of new loves or the challenges of our losses.
The role of observer is a key to my choice of subject, whether it be for landscape, still life or for the prosaic world around me. I find myself looking primarily for relationships of form and shape and how their colours, rhythms and patterns interact. My affinity for landscape is a constant thread throughout the years, weaving through the other excursions into more mundane muses such as construction, common household objects or into purely abstract or surrealist imagery.
I am sensitive to the way light describes plant forms, and how interplaying shapes create abstract relationships. When travel-painting or painting 'plein air' my subject matter is most often about landscape".