Kris Iltis paints her “turn your head” images to catch the eye. Dancing brush-marks take the viewer on an unfixed celebration of color and light.
“I want to push color and simplify image to celebrate my subject. When I look at a painting it’s the artist‘s journey that catches my eye rather than drafting skills.”
A most delicious way to embrace this life is to paint it. Everything quiets and like turning the lens of a camera to focus, you begin to explore. I paint from the outside in. I paint what I see.
The celebration becomes the play with the paint. Brush-marks, scrapes and lines are my tools to capture color and light. I want to delight the eye with a big reward.
Growing up in Japan, my asthetic was influenced by the woodblock prints my mother collected. I borrow heavily from their flattened perspectives, patterns and simplified shapes.
My paintigs are said to jump off the canvas and into the room. Whether painting en plein air or in my studio, the celebration continues.
Shows and Awards
-Studio E Prism Workspaces, Denver, CO November 2021
-Leashes and Landscapes, outdoor , one woman show, May, 2020
- Studio 42, Prism Workspace, Denver, CO, November 2019
- Cherry Creek Art Gallery, Pop-up show, Denver, CO May, 2019
- Show and presentation, “Kris Iltis at the Leisure Hour Art Club”, Oshkosh, WI,
- Faculty show, Art Student’s League, Denver, CO, April 2018
- Rendezvous Paint Out (invitational), Winter Park, Honorable mention, September
- Lone Tree Art Expo, Lone Tree, CO, October-November 2015
- Paint, two-woman show, Von Tornow Gallery, Denver, CO, October, 2014
- DIA Colorado Art, April 2008-January 2009
- Scapes, Art Student’s League, Fall 2006
- Paint Sculpt, Shoot, Evergreen, Honorable mention, Fall 2006
- Two Woman show, 45 Degrees Gallery, Arvada, CO Fall 2006
- Art and Soul, Art Student’s League, Denver, Winter, 2004