Jill S. Krutick is a contemporary abstract expressionist whose work emphasizes color and texture. Influenced by her love of old masters such as Van Gogh and Monet, and current artists like Gerhardt Richter, Ms. Krutick has developed work that is both imaginative and stimulating.
As a young painter and pianist, later as a media executive and board member, Ms. Krutick has spent her life dedicated to the arts. Painting emerged as her greatest passion, which she now pursues full time in her Westchester studio.
She has served on the boards of The Art Students League, The Recording Academy (NY Chapter), Hoff-Barthelson Music School, The Wharton Arts Network and National Amusements, among others. Her work is in many private collections as well as in the Coral Springs Museum of Art, where she will be having a solo exhibition in the main gallery in March, 2019.
I focus on capturing color, movement, shapes and light using oil and acrylic on canvas as my primary medium. Influenced by both Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism, my paintings are textured and contrast light and dark to achieve pictorial balance. That balance is expressed by the precise placement of color and texture.
My early work centered on geometric patterns with linear up and down movements contrasted with the right to left movements of my palette knife, creating a tapestry-like effect of precision and depth.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm). Private collection. Geometric series.
Even as my geometric style becomes more flexible, balance remains my main goal. I strive to capture basic natural elements – earth, water, sun, and sky — contrasting light and dark in order to capture movement through a variety of textures.
I select a few colors and a base texture from which to begin my exploratory journey. Layering the paint over a period of weeks and months is the key to accentuating the “map” of texture that will ultimately reveal the potential of each painting. One technique is to run a pallet knife or brush over the raised bumps of a moderately dry paint to capitalize on the texture already infused into the surface of the canvas.
Dangling Conversations, 2015
Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches (61.0 x 76.2 cm). Framed: 26 x 32 inches (66.0 x 81.3 cm). Swirl collection.
This technique is born from my need to capture movement with a texturized canvas. I enjoy blending and building color in order to create depth or flutter on the surface. The element of chance stimulates my creativity and enhances my connection to a tactile interpretation of the forces around me.
Examining each work from different perspectives helps me to crystallize the viewpoint of the painting. Gaining distance and viewing photos of the work on a computer add an element of objectivity and flexibility to determine the optimal balance of each painting’s key elements. I repeat this process until I reach the tipping point when additional changes no longer enhance the overall effect.
Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (121.9 x 182.9 cm). 2 panels, 48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm) each. Framed: 50 x 74 inches (127.0 x 188.0 cm). Dreamscape collection.
I am passionate about observing colors, shapes and textures wherever I go. My every day activities coupled with my eco-travels provide me with the content from which to develop creative ideas. Painting is my quiet place where I explore and develop my ideas and dreams. It is also a conduit for having a conversation with viewers. I find joy in sharing my interpretation of the essence of natural beauty and hope it stimulates contemplation and peace for viewers. Furthermore, my paintings often reveal glimpses of recognizable forms that uncover insights into a viewer’s emotional state as well as my own.
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 120 inches (182.9 x 304.8 cm). 2 panels, 72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm) each. Framed: 74 x 122 inches (188.0 x 309.9 cm).