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More New Work

Posted in Art on April 24, 2015 by Kris

Hi everyone! I finally got around to taking photos of my recent work.

Cheap & Cheerful
Medium: Watercolor, Ink
Year: 2014

This one started as an ink line drawing, and then I filled in the shapes with watercolor. I’m pretty sure I used every color in my paint palette.

Medium: Watercolor, Ink
Year: 2014

This was a really fun one to do. I just took a pen and made a freehand swirly, loopy design. Then, I painted different areas with various colors of watercolor.

Medium: Acrylic, Molding Paste, Stamps, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Maps, Washi Tape, Ink, Paper
Year: 2014

This was the result of playing around with different media. I’m pretty happy with the result.

I Can Give 100% Without Even Trying
Medium: Acrylic, Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Maps, Sheet Music, Stamps, Thread, Tissue Paper, Ink, Paper
Year: 2014

This one was so fun to do. I started with the idea of finding different photos of faces, and then piecing them together to create one weird face. From there, I just used all sorts of media to finish the piece.

Die Young Stay Pretty
Medium: Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Rick-Rack, Yarn, Buttons, Staples, Felt, Tissue Paper, Mesh, Tulle
Year: 2015

The overall theme of this one is fashion and sewing. Most of the images are from magazines or sewing how-to books. I incorporated some sewing patterns in the background, and used some sewing notions for texture.

Elastic Heart
Medium: Book Pages, Lace
Year: 2015

I think out of all of my recent work, this is my favorite. It’s pretty simple, but I love it.

Medium: Book Pages, Cardboard, Maps, Flash Card, Acrylic, Watercolor
Year: 2015

I bought a 1960s medial reference book and I fell in love with the illustrations in it. They’re stylized and have a very retro feel to them. The image of the torso silhouette showing the lungs was one of my favorites. Then, I found a cool illustration of a brain in another old medical book I had, and I incorporated that as well.

Muscle Museum
Medium: Watercolor, Acrylic, Cardboard, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Mesh, Paper, Cardstock, Gesso, Staples
Year: 2015

I had a lot of fun with this piece. The running muscle-woman was where I started, and I just built everything around her. I liked the idea of her breaking through the boring, monochromatic gray and leaving a bright, rainbow trail behind her.

Too Fat For Love (And Other Female Problems)
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper, Acrylic, Thread, Book Pages, Magazine Pages
Year: 2014

Too Fat For Love (And Other Female Problems) [Detail]

I don’t usually create social commentary pieces, but this one is an exception.

I bought some magazine ads from women’s magazines from the 50s and 60s and as I was looking through them, I realized how many of them were targeting “women’s issues.” Not just periods and menstrual cramps, but physical attributes – being too fat, being too skinny, having unwanted body hair, corns, bunions, callouses, brittle fingernails, the need for perfect hair, hiding freckles, breast size, waist size…it all seemed silly at first glance. But after looking through this pile of ads I realized that this is the same exact thing women are dealing with today – the unattainable ideal of beauty – 50 and 60 years later.

With God All Things Are Possible
Medium: Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Paper
Year: 2014

I made this one for my sister for Christmas. She loved it.

A Little Bird Told Me
Medium: Watercolor, Acrylic, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Paper, Ticket, Stamp, Flower, Button, Sheet Music
Year: 2014

I made this one for my mum for Christmas.

So…that’s what I’ve done art-wise for the past few months! I’ve also been working on other crafts (cross-stitch, crochet, knitting) so I’ve been keeping occupied.

I’m Not Dead!

Posted in Art, Updates on December 2, 2014 by Kris

I know, it seems like I’ve died. I swear I haven’t given up on my creativity. Life has been happening and unfortunately keeping my blogs up to date falls to the bottom of my “to do” list (underneath “sleeping” and “petting cats,” I guess). I haven’t been doing much for graphic design lately, but I’ve been doing a lot more artwork. Here are some pieces I’ve finished recently:

I’ll take a better photo eventually, but this is a painting of my cat Jack that I created to hang over the TV in my living room. I don’t often display my own artwork (I’d much rather display other people’s artwork) but I thought it might be nice to pay homage to one of my furry pals. The downside is that Jack’s ego has blown up to epic proportions and now he thinks he’s a celebrity.

I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
Medium: Canvas, Acrylic, Embroidery Thread, Yarn, Buttons, Clothespins, Twine
Year: 2014

This is one of those pieces that I spent an extremely long time creating, and when it was finally finished I wasn’t even sure if I liked it. In fact, I’m still not sure if I like it.

Damaged Goods
Medium: Acrylic, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

This was an incredibly fun piece to make. I basically drenched pieces of tissue paper in Mod Podge and “painted” with it on a canvas-board. I love the texture. It’s hard to see from the photo, but in person it has a lot of fun texture.

Feeling Kind Of Anxious
Medium: Acrylic, Glitter
Year: 2013

This was probably one of the most fun pieces I’ve ever created. I painted this geometric design with acrylic, and then adhered matching glitter to each section. I got glitter everywhere, but it was totally worth it.

She’s Lost Control
Medium: Acrylic, Sequins, Rhinestones
Year: 2014

Sticking with the “craft supplies used in fine art” theme, I painted a geometric rainbow circle design and filled it in with matching sequins. It took forever to do, but the end result is pretty cool (and shiny). I’m just glad I had tweezers.

Kurious Oranj
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

As you can see, I’ve been into using tissue paper in my artwork lately. I love that it’s sort of like watercolor because it’s semi-transparent.

Stand On The Horizon
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

Another piece in the same vein as Kurious Oranj, but with a wider variety of color.

High Fidelity
Medium: Record Sleeves, 45 RPM Record, Cardboard, Tissue Paper, Buttons, Plastic, Metal
Year: 2013

I’m an avid collector of vinyl, and I have boxes full of 45 RPM records. Needless to say, I have extra sleeves and a pile of records that unfortunately skip and aren’t playable. I didn’t want to throw them away, so I hung onto a few of them for the sake of art. I finally decided to make something with one of the records and a bunch of the sleeves, and this is the result. I used a bunch of other things to create a turntable collage. It’s kind of silly, I guess, but I like it.

So, as you can see, I haven’t been idle. I have more pieces completed, but I just need to take decent photos of them. I hope to keep this blog updated more often than I have the past few years, so check back often! I also updated the links to the right of the blog, and there’s now a Kris Heding Art & Design Tumblr, Twitter, and a new Facebook page. Stalk me there!

COLORS Exhibit Opening Night

Posted in Art on August 30, 2012 by Kris

The opening night reception for the COLORS exhibit at Gamut Gallery went really well! There was a great turnout — the gallery seemed to be full of people the entire evening. I can’t say enough how honoured I am to be part of a show with so many fantastic artists. I love so many of the pieces in the exhibit. Minnesota has amazing talent, that’s all I have to say.

This is the “cluster” of art featuring my work. The painting at the top is Ok, Who Brought The Bomb Pop? by Kate Renee. The works on the left and right are mine. The photograph in the middle is Orange Water #3 by Jack Mader.

“We Separate Like Ripples On A Blank Shore (In Rainbows).” Magazine pages on canvas. 2012.

“We Are Accidents Waiting To Happen.” Magazine pages and cardstock on canvas. 2012.

The show runs through October 20th, so make sure to stop by and check out all of the awesome art!

COLORS Exhibit

Posted in Art on August 16, 2012 by Kris

Exciting news! Two of my works will be part of the COLORS exhibit at Gamut Gallery in Downtown Minneapolis! These are brand-new pieces I created this year.

Opening reception is August 24th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The exhibit runs through October 20th. Click here to see the Facebook event.

Other artists in the exhibit include: Jack Mader, Sara Syverhus, Nathan Petterson, Felix Culpa, Samuel Bjorgum, Dim Media, Shanna Allyn, Tierney Houdek, Kris Bradley, Erica Boyles, Scotty Gunderson, Benji Mohr, Forest Bash, Rachel Adams-Bliss, John Vasilou, Roger Williamson, Jacob Charles Eidem, Ethan Heidlebaugh, and Kate Renee.

44 Plays Presidential Art Gallery

Posted in Art, Theatre on July 14, 2012 by Kris

During the run of Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, there was a Presidential Art Gallery on display that featured each of the 44 presidents created by different artists. I created a portrait of Ronald Reagan.

I made a collage of images from the 1980s — everything from the tearing-down of the Berlin Wall to Michael Jackson to E.T. to a Rubik’s Cube. Then, I painted a portrait of President Reagan over the entire collage. I’m pretty happy with the results.

You can see images of all of the artwork in the gallery by clicking here.

My art was also featured in an interview with Carin Bratlie and Grant Henderson from Theatre Pro Rata. Click here to read the interview.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted in Art on January 26, 2012 by Kris

I painted this for my sister for Christmas 2011. She admires Martin Luther King, Jr. a lot, and had mentioned wanting to commission a painting. I figured, hey, why not just paint it for her for Christmas?

The background consists of pages torn from a book of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches. The book also had a few pages of photos, which worked out nicely.

My sister loved it, by the way.

Dorothy Parker

Posted in Art on January 26, 2012 by Kris

Here’s another commissioned painting — this time, of writer Dorothy Parker.

The background was created by using torn pages from a book of Dorothy Parker poetry, and “aged” by using chalk.

Albert Einstein

Posted in Art on March 6, 2011 by Kris

I was commissioned to do a painting of Albert Einstein, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

“Albert Einstein.” Acrylic, Textbook Pages. 2011.

I went to a thrift store and bought an old physics textbook that was already pretty beat-up and used torn pages as the background. I purposely included a photo of Einstein in the background. It’s like Meta Einstein!

New Paintings

Posted in Art on September 14, 2010 by Kris

All of my work is up and on display at The Gremlin Theatre for the Ten Works exhibit. I was there on opening night, and I have to say that Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of The Taming of the Shrew is absolutely amazing, and I can’t say enough how much I recommend you go to see it. So, make a night of it! Go see a play, and take a peek at my art while you’re there!

There are three brand-new pieces on display, but for those of you who can’t make it to the exhibit (or are not from the Twin Cities area), I thought I’d post them here.

“Joe Strummer.” Acrylic, Newspaper. 2010.

I wanted to try something different with my portraits, so I made a collage of torn newspaper on canvas, and then painted over the top of it. The results are actually quite cool, so I’ll definitely try it again. Maybe with the Sunday comics!

“Debbie Harry.” Acrylic, Magazine Pages. 2010.

I tried the same concept as with Joe Strummer, except I used torn magazine pages as my base. I tried to use chunks of colour as opposed to identifiable objects so that it would be easier to see the paint.

“Andy Warhol.” Acrylic. 2010

This was just done with paint, but I painted the background in blocks of colour as opposed to the swirls of colour I usually do.

Now that I’ve gotten the painting bug again, I don’t want to stop! Expect more paintings from me soon.

Ten Works @ The Gremlin Theatre

Posted in Art, Updates on September 10, 2010 by Kris

Good news! Ten pieces of my artwork will be on display at The Gremlin Theatre from September 11th through September 26th during Theatre Pro Rata‘s run of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. You can view the display before you check out the play, but if you just want to go see the display for free (without seeing the show), you can do so by arriving an hour before showtime.

The play runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 2:00 P.M. There’s a “Pay What You Can” performance on Monday, September 13th at 7:30 P.M. Details about the show can be found on Theatre Pro Rata’s website.

The ten pieces will be paintings, drawings and collages from the past 12 years or so. There are three brand new pieces included in the display! I’m very excited.

I hope you can check it out. It’s my first solo exhibit. The play is also fantastic, so you might as well make an evening of it!