Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: John Titus Krempel

by Bree Garcia

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JTC: John Titus Krempel is a native of Ohio who has lived in New York City, San Francisco & now Sacramento since 2000.  As an artist, he specializes in mixed media, impressionism and abstract expressionism painting, the human figure, and digital photography.  Mr. Krempel draws inspiration from his life experiences in and around the places he has lived & visited.

In his early adult life John lived in Akron & Cincinnati Ohio where he went to college and received a Bachelor of Arts & Masters in Counseling and Education.  In his professional life, he has worked with people on wide variety of psychological needs providing Mr. Krempel with an intellectual insight into the three-dimensional world that he expresses in his art.  John’s art brings forth his view of the surrounding world from a visual, tactile, and psychological perspective.

John was greatly influenced by the abstract expressionist movement of San Francisco from the mid-twentieth century.  His work reflects a worldly view of great natural and man-made beauty.  In his paintings one can often see references to the mountains, valleys, rivers, Oceans, coupled with the built environment, buildings and architecture.  John has participated in over 80 art shows & events in the past ten years, and his art is in both private and public collections throughout the United States and around the world.

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

JTC: My creative process is pretty simple. First I have an idea, or, for a commission the idea is already there. Next I pick out my palette/colors & materials. The next step is to not ‘over-think’ it. I just allow the paint to flow.  I continue to work until my eye tells me it’s finished. There may be minutes between steps, or days, even weeks… maybe longer!

My two main styles are abstract expressionism and impressionistic.  Starting out, my preferred main medium is oil on canvas or wood.  Usually, but not always, ending up as mixed media. Materials such as paper, wood, cloth, metal, sand, earth, glass, rope or any other possible medium tend to make it’s way into my work.  I love texture, the more the better!

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SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

JTC: To help educate artists, young, old, budding artists, alike on gaining confidence to show and sell their art… to allow those artists to experiment with ‘unorthodox’ techniques to come up with a personal unique style, without judging as right or wrong.

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

JTC: Learn how to sell your own art.  Relying on others to do it for you makes it tougher for you to make a living at it.  Once you have accomplished this, you can then, allow others to help you market yourself as an artist. There are too many folks out there that take advantage of young artists, so learn how to sell your art and yourself as an artist!  It is easier than you thought, especially with such business & money tools such as Square.

Another very important thing I’ve learned is not allowing teachers, professors or anyone telling you that a certain technique is not ‘right’ or can’t be done.  Experiment & practice with your own artistic techniques and your individuality will emerge.

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 SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

JTC:  Robyn Slakey.  I love her whimsical ceramic totems.  She’s is very funny & inspiring!

James Lane.  His beautiful impressionist scenes of exotic places evoke the imagination of places I wish to visit!

Maggie Jimenez.  Her fantastical and sometimes frightening ceramic figures and paintings look like they stepped out of an ancient fairytale. So creative!

Mariellen Layne. Love, Love, Love her intricate, colorful & beautiful mosaics! And she’s a beautiful soul!

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

JTC:  In museums and historical sites around the world that I’ve visited, The Louvre, Van Gogh Museum,

Westminster Abbey, Neuschwanstein Castle, Moma NYC, SFMoma, The Cloisters New York, Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, and of course, The Crocker + many others!

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?

JTC: The Sacramento art scene has allowed me to have a career in art with very little help from the art ‘business’ community. I encourage young artists to rely on selling their own art first, using the ‘art business community’ secondarily. This will allow you to be able to make a living in art. Consistently having to split 50% of the cost of a painting (you cover materials yourself, which gives you only about 30%) with a business, can keep you from having a full time career in art without having a second job. Using the art business world metodically, without being used, is smart.

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SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

JTC: John’s Art Studio @ Northend Lofts, FE Gallery in Sacramento,

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