Kris Kullengren (or Krs, as he signs his work) is a Swedish painter currently living and working in Japan. His consistent use of bold colors, dynamic lines, and a mix of organic and patterned compositions make for extremely vibrant, enganging artwork—take a look below, and enjoy!
The Earth Well has a double-meaning to Krs which he briefly shares on his website.
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To him, this piece is both a representation of the earth (from the inner, red-hot core leading outward to the green and blue surface, and then on into outer space) as well as a memory of his childhood—staring down into a steep well, where leaves of all colors gathered on the water.
I love both meanings, but I also especially enjoy the repetive nature of the marks circling the paper. It’s an almost hypnotic pattern, and you really have to force yourself to look to see all the details hidden in it. If you just glance at this painting, the circular composition pulls you along faster than your eye can take it all in!
Next, Love that Shines has a similar barely-constrained energy, except the movement is all outward, bursting forth from a central rose with shining rays of gold and blue, and spiraling pink hearts outlined in red.
The mood is simply infectious! Love is in the air, and you just can’t help but smile at the glorious display of abandon in this painting. :)
Last but not least, The River is another favorite of mine, with its strong alternating colors and (of course!) a subtle sense of movement.
Green vegetation, pink flowers, and various colors of blue rivers divide this artwork into linear territories, each one broken up only by the shape of the elements within them (and some scattered gray rocks, too).
As with all of Krs’s pieces, the visual balance of this composition is perfect—which is yet another reason why I enjoy his work so much.
If you like it too, then by all means, take a few minutes to explore the rest of Krs’s artwork by visiting his website at krsart.com!