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artist. entrepreneur. COLOR LOVER.

From shimmering, crystalized, layers of color, to bold agate-inspired work, Kristi Kohut’s art makes a statement that instantly lifts the viewer out of the every day and into her magical world. HER WORK IS COVETED BY TOP DESIGNERS AND TASTEMAKERS, AND HAS BEEN FEATURED BY MAJOR PUBLICATIONS SUCH AS ELLE DECOR, DOMINO, HGTV, RUE MAGAZINE AND MORE.

Inspired by natures use of color and pattern, she uses color like a composer uses notes in a song, to elicit a feeling in these pieces. The bold, vibrant color palettes of Kristi’s mixed-media work is sought-after by interior designers, collectors and big brands such as Anthropologie and West Elm. Kristi’s cut-flower “Bloom” series, captures our culture’s obsession with beauty, brands and material status. These 3D collage pieces often incorporate found materials such as high-fashion clothing tags and torn bits of fashion magazines, along with original photography, sketches and illustrations.

Named one of the “7 next-big-thing artists” by Elle Decor magazine, her work has been sold at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Architecture Digest Home Show, Anthropologie, One Kings Lane, West Elm, Nordstrom and more and has been featured in numerous national and international publications and design blogs including Domino Magazine, HGTV, Luxe Interiors and Design, World of Interiors, Martha Stewart, Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Lonny and more. 

In addition to her fine art practice, Kristi is pushing the traditional confines of the art world, and has expanded her work into a home line that is already a favorite of many interior designers. The line includes bold, vibrant linen textiles, pillows, poufs and most recently wall coverings, all created from her original artwork and fully-customizable.

 

My work is influenced by color and pattern in the world all around us. A permeating crack on the sidewalk, the vibrant layers of agate rock, the exotic clothing of a faraway place, are my muses. I love the color and effect created when unexpected colors and textures are combined. The glossiness of an acrylic paint next to the chalky texture of a pastel. Or an iridescent blend next to a thick, velvety smudge of oil pigment.

My process is an intuitive dance of play, working until I find just the right combination of color and texture. I know when it is done, when it elicits a feeling inside, a zing, a ping of joy or pleasure that often comes with that final touch or pop of color, suddenly transforming the piece. That feeling is a connection to something more, something that is not of the day-to-day routine of life. The antithesis of routine. A hint at what's on the other side of this world.

 

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I'VE LOVED MAKING ART EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND I THINK THE WORLD NEEDS ART NOW MORE THAN EVER. ART CAN LIFT YOU UP AND HELP MAKE THIS WORLD A MORE BEAUTIFUL HAPPIER PLACE. AND I WANT TO DO WHAT I CAN NOT ONLY BY SHARING MY WORK WITH THE WORLD, BUT ALSO BY INSPIRING OTHERS TO DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND TO BE AN ACTIVE PART OF IT. 

This is why I donate 1% of all of my profits to the Art Production Fund. They are a non-profit dedicated to expanding awareness and reaching new audiences through contemporary art. They also produce and commission public art projects to help achieve this. 

So when you purchase a piece of my art, you’ll be a part of something big: you are literally becoming a part of art in itself, a cause that is really something special. You are showing the world that you believe in it and believe in something so important!

“The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age.” - Randy I. Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts