Alexander Kroll, ‘SANDY’, 2014, TWO x TWO

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In Sandy, Kroll reveals his process by painting in a manner that embraces the immediacy of mark-making and elegantly balancing speed with deliberation. Here, one can see bold brush strokes of red and green defining the overall composition that is layered with varying widths of spray paint, ultimately activating the whole canvas.

Los Angeles-based Alexander Kroll is a painter’s painter. With a perceptive eye, he trusts his intuition and avoids planning his compositions. During his painting process, each moment is rigorously thought through and highly considered. In Sandy, Kroll reveals his process by painting in a manner that embraces the immediacy of mark-making and elegantly balancing speed with deliberation. Here, one can see bold brush strokes of red and green defining the overall composition that is layered with varying widths of spray paint, ultimately activating the whole canvas. The final work is an undeniably fresh composition, exhibiting a vibrancy that is skillfully orchestrated.

websites: www.alexanderkroll.com, www.snitzer.com, www.jamesharrisgallery.com

About Alexander Kroll

Alexander Kroll fully embraced abstraction and improvisation in painting only after moving to Los Angeles: “I never planned these paintings,” he says. “In fact, they’re really a lot like Los Angeles: there is a total lack of concern with planning.” Kroll, who considers himself a lifelong student of the “technology of painting,” is known for his mixed-media, multi-layered works, in which oil, acrylic, and enamel bleed and run into one anther. Layers are integral to Kroll’s imagery and process; he employs underpainting, collage, and subtractive techniques to imbue a work with multiple surfaces. Since moving to California, Kroll has also been able to paint works in a greater variety of sizes, though he is careful no work is ever larger than his own arm span. In that way, all of his works physically correspond to his body.

American, b. 1981, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows

2016
CB1 Gallery, 
Los Angeles,

Fair History on Artsy

2014
James Harris Gallery at PULSE Miami Beach 2014
2013
Fredric Snitzer Gallery at The Armory Show 2013