Well along in a successful career as a designer and illustrator, German artist Sebastian Krüger began focusing on painting highly exaggerated caricature portraits of pop and music stars, particularly the Rolling Stones who he had met early in his career.
Since 2005 he has abandoned commercial work and devoted himself to gallery painting. As he has restlessly explored the boundaries of exaggeration possible in a recognizable face, he also began to work at large scale and in increasing degree of detail.
His large canvasses are now often highly realistic even when wildly exaggerated. Someare more straightforward, though often rendered with an intensity that makes them seem more exaggerated than they are.
I thought it was interesting that his portrayal of Jimi Hendrix, who went to lengths to present himself as an outlandish individual, is completely straightforward (and wonderfully realized).
I’m not familiar enough with his career to know if Kruger is moving more toward realism, but many of his recent pieces seem to be in that direction.
Krüger’s website is still in progress, but he has a current blog, and two additional blogs devoted to exhibitions and publications.
The artist occasionally leads workshops, and conducted his first in the U.S. early this year. Krüger works in acrylic on panels, at a scale you can see in the workshop image above.
There is a gallery site here that I think is unofficial, but it gives a nice range of his work and a fascinating tour through the degrees of exaggeration and intensity Krüger has brought to his “personality portraits” over time.
There is an article on Empty Kingdom that gives a good quick overview of his recent work.
www.sebastiankruger.com (official website)
Unofficial gallery site
Article on Empty Kingdom
Bio on Wikipedia
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The scale makes his work all that much more enjoyable!
Mr Kruger was the guest speaker at the 2003 annual convention of the International Society of Caricature Artists, which I attended. He truly is a giant talent and was quite approachable, as was the other speaker, Jan Opdebeeck. Several of my friends attend his workshops in Germany every year. It’s truly amazing what he does with acrylics (not oils, as he would stress!)
Charley, thanks to your posting I went over to Kruger’s website and spent quite some time clicking through his gallery. I’ve also posted links to his work on a couple of other forums. Thank you!
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