|Arthur Krakower's paintings are made as though he breathed the figure on to the canvas. His process is like an exhale of memory veiled by the passing of time. His hand is expressive as though he is using a divining rod to search for a hidden reservoir of meaning. His figures embody the visceral qualities of his New York boyhood.Often the figures gaze towards the viewer as if knowing they are subjects, like a photograph in a family album. Krakower gives us his history but is skillful in holding something back. He achieves a kind of|
haunting familiarity.The color is fresh and the figures nostalgic, giving a provocative edge that makes these paintings contemporary.
~ Kim Anno, Artist and Fine Arts Professor at California College of the Arts, San Francisco
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