Exhibiting at Studio K – Guest
Minnesota Landscape Paintings
8984 Quail Court
St. Bonifacius, MN 55375
Richard Krogstad was born and raised in Harlan, Iowa, a small town surrounded by farms. After graduating from the University of Iowa in 1966, he worked as an advertising art director at Foote, Cone and Belding in Chicago and exhibited his artwork at the Gilman Gallery.
He completed an MFA degree in painting at the University of Massachusetts in1972 and moved to Los Angeles where he exhibited at the Jodi Scully Gallery and began a career in corporate graphic design. After eight years in Los Angeles and missing the changing of seasons, he returned to his native Midwest, moving to Minneapolis in 1980.
Painting has been his primary occupation since 1992. He has also taught landscape painting at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts in Wayzata, Minnesota. A number of his paintings have been selected by the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program for loan to U.S.embassies in Berlin, Germany, Kalonia, Micronesia and Rangoon, Burma. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Plains Art Museum, Luther College, Groveland Gallery and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts among other venues. His work is in many corporate collections including American Express Financial Advisors, Cargill, Cushman and Wakefield, Diversified Pharmaceutical, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Park Nicollet Health Services, Regions Hospital and Wells Fargo Corporation. Richard and his wife Christine, along with their cat Dharma, live in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.
My paintings depict the skies, land, rivers, lakes and strong, honest farm buildings of the Midwest countryside. They celebrate the beauty and the importance of a landscape that is often overlooked and under appreciated—fly over country it’s sometimes called. While the Midwest landscape is typically more subtle than spectacular, it is nonetheless profound.
Each new painting is an adventure, partly planned but ultimately a mystery. In working on a painting, a delicate balance is needed between too much controlling and too much letting go. This doesn’t happen all the time but, when it does, the work seems effortless, timeless and meditative. Those are moments of grace, undeserved and beyond understanding.