Five questions to Kai Krause

Five questions to Kai Krause

Kai Krause, born 1986 in Magdeburg – Germany, made his degrees at BTK – Hochschule für Gestaltung in Berlin and Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst in Hildesheim. He worked at several design agency and founded his own agency in 2016. For his artistical labour he travels between Berlin and his hometown Magdeburg, where also lies his newly founded gallery “duk”. 

How did you get into art?

Art was always there – painting comic strips and skateparks filled my days as a young teenager. So looking back to that times it was pretty predictable that I’ve made my degrees in an art!

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

My art is pretty energetic. Important to me is my color palette and my personal brushstroke. With a vast mass of (selfmade) squeegees, charcoal and spraypaint I’m trying to create layers of different colourschemes which interact with eachother. This made the scenery somehow three-dimensionally. So this whole form comes together and makes room for interpretations. On contrary to realistic paintings my art whispers never the same story to its viewers and I clearly like that! 

How do you go about developing your work?

It begins always with two colors that I’ve in mind. After setting the first layers with pretty high viscosity paint the actual work begins because its a back and forth of accentuate a part of the scenery or mute it in a way that the rest of the composition is able to speak louder. 

Who or what influences you?

There is not a specific person that influences me but I’m pretty obsessed with art – going on a hunt for younger and older artists and their pieces. But I guess music is the main inspiration in my life. It can change my mood in just 3 seconds. Also the art of using words and lines in lyrics is often used as a inspiration – not just for some of my working titles!

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

Besides going to art fairs the main part to see me is in my emerging art gallery in my hometown Magdeburg – its called “duk” and I want to bring artist and art-interested people together by doing some interesting events around there!

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