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Santa Fean magazine cover. August 2014.


Southwest Art magazine feature article. March 2012.


American Art Collector magazine Birds in Art Preview. September 2010.


Santa Fean magazine Indian Market gallery preview. August 2009.


Southwest Art magazine cover. January 2008.

 
Craig's Story
Born in 1957 and raised near Seattle, Craig's dedication to making art has been life long. Early recognition and support for his work led to studies at the Art Center College of Design and a thirty year career as a graphic designer. In 1995 he became the first web designer at Microsoft and helped build the foundation of the Internet we use today. In 2004 he quit his day job to pursue the dream of painting seriously. During his transition to full-time painting Craig served for three years on the board of directors at Seattle's Gage Academy of Art, and president for the final year. He helped rebrand the school and move the registration process online. And he took a few classes too. The transition to independent work happened quickly; Craig soon rented a hole-in-the-wall studio in a bad part of town and got to work. Inspired by road trips to the National Parks of the western US Craig's work began to get noticed. By 2008 he was represented by numerous galleries and his paintings were published in national art magazines, including the cover of Southwest Art. Three years later Craig began a new adventure by purchasing five acres of rural forest on Whidbey Island where he built a modest home and standalone studio. He started working there full time in 2012 and the focus of his work began to turn inward. Inspired by the sea, the forest, the wildlife and the people he holds close Craig's love of calligraphic mark-making led to a new body of mostly abstract paintings made using giant horsehair brushes. The new paintings made their debut in 2016. In 2017 Craig began a new series of contemporary wildlife paintings called Dreamers. The work to integrate this seemingly disparate styles is ongoing.

Artist’s Statement
The first chapter of my career found me living in the city and travelling the American west seeking answers in the National Parks. While I had not intended to make "western" paintings the influence of the landscape and wildlife was undeniable. Now, my travels around the west are done. My life, and my work are about the land and the creatures with whom I live. And the goal for my work has changed. Rather than make paintings that tell a story I'm much more interested in making paintings that share a feeling. My work explores the inner world where things are felt more than seen. I am making representational paintings about emotional experiences.

Thank you for your interest in my work,
Craig

 
Contact
You can reach Craig by email at: craig@craigkosak.com

 

Solo Exhibitions
2017   Dreamers, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
 
2016   The Secret Life of Ravens, Brackenwood Gallery, Langley, WA
 
2015   Raven Clan, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
2014   Warpaint, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
 
2013   Myth and Legend, New Age, Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX
 

2012

 

Myth and Legend, Part 2, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
 

2011

 

Myth and Legend, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
 

2010

 

Haven, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
 

2009

 

Talisman, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Talisman, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
 

2008

 

Instinct and Insight, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Icon, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
 

2007

 

Road Trip with Raven, Gallery Fraga, Bainbridge Island, WA
 

Juried Exhibitions, Invitationals and Awards

2015

 

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
 

2014

 

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
 

2013

 

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
 

2012

 

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
 

2011

 

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
 

2010

 

Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY

Birds in Art 2010, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
 

2009

 

Masters of Influence Invitational, Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK - Patrons Award
 

2007

 

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR – Expressions West 2007, juror: Amy Pence-Brown, associate curator, Boise Art Museum – 2nd place purchase award
 

2006

 

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR – Expressions West 2006, juror: Ed Musante, artist, Entry of Merit award
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011

 

All Creatures Great and Small, Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID
 

2010

 

Traditions in Transition, Kneeland Gallery, Ketchum, ID
 

2009

 

Artists of the Northwest, Mountain Shadow Gallery, Tucson, AZ
 

2008

 

Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA

What Does Compassion Look Like, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
 

2007

 

Birds of a Feather, Gallery Fraga, Bainbridge Island, WA
 

2006

 

One Four Two Six, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA,
 

Representation
Represented in New Mexico by Mountain Trails Fine Art, 200 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM

Represented on Whidbey Island by Brackenwood Gallery, 302 First Street, Langley, WA

Represented in Kirkland, WA by Howard/Mandville Gallery, 120 Park Lane, Kirkland, WA

Selected Publications
Southwest Art, Show Preview, August 2015, pp. 50, 51
Santa Fean, August/September 2014, cover, pp. 40, 179
Southwest Art, My World, October 2013, pp. 102-103
Southwest Art, Following Raven, March 2012, contents, pp. 94-97
American Art Collector, May 2010, pp. 88-89
American Art Collector, September 2010, pp. 106
Western Art Collector, August 2010, pp. 154 - 157
American Art Collector, August 2009, pp. 132 - 135
Santa Fean, August/September 2009, pp 135
Western Art Collector, May 2008, pp. 116 - 121
Santa Fean, April/May 2008, pp. 66
Western Art and Architecture, Spring/Summer 2008, pp. 156
Southwest Art, January 2008, pp. cover, 61, 87
Focus Santa Fe, August, 2007. pp. 20 - 21
American Art Collector, July 2007, pp. 106

Collections
Trefethen Family Vineyards, Napa, CA
The Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland, WA
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Horizon House, Seattle, WA
Southern Oregon Community College Foundation, Coos Bay, OR

Education
2004 – 2005: Seattle Academy of Fine Art (now Gage Academy of Art)
1979 – 1980: Art Center College of Design

 

 
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