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May 2020 Edition

Artist Focus

Harold Kraus

A focus on the art of Harold Kraus.

Located near the shops of The Galleria, Southwest Gallery—celebrating more than 50 years—offers one of Dallas’ largest collections of fine 19th- to 21st-century paintings and sculptures in all styles. In the gallery’s 16,000-square-foot space, collectors can find thousands of works of art ranging from antique to contemporary. Included among its artists is Harold Kraus.Happy Hour, oil on canvas, 48 x 36"

“I call myself a ‘colorist,’” says Kraus. “All my life, I have been fascinated by the various properties of color. Many people live lives starved of color. It seems as if they are intimidated by it, so they surround themselves with ‘safe’ neutrals like gray or beige. My paintings aspire to fill this color void. I think the most frequent remark I hear about my paintings is, ‘I love his colors!’”Sargento, oil on canvas, 60 x 48"

Sailing the Deep Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 72 x 36"

Kraus’ fascination with variances in light is reflected in his work by his use of color. His paintings are executed in an impressionistic style with strong tendencies toward expressionism. Happiness is a recurring theme, whether displayed by his use of color or in the settings of his subjects. The intention is to rekindle pleasant memories.

“As a colorist, I am free to pursue any subject, but I prefer themes associated with happiness; the beach, circus or vacation holidays certainly bring back many happy memories for most of us,” he says. “In a world often filled with sadness, I find joy in sunlight. It makes the colors sing!”

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