Ahh, Start Trek, the longest running sci-fi adventure series ever….My passion began with the original series in the 1960’s and has continued through Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space 9, Enterprise and now with the current series Strange New Worlds; not to mention all the movies that have taken us ‘where no one has gone before’. The Star Trek brand has shown us what it would be like to encounter new species and preserve the Prime Directive, all the while following a strict chain of command aboard deep space vessels. The series has given us subtle humor and deep physiological insight into character, relationships, differences and acceptance to diverse cultures. Based on these principles, I have created this 8 print collection titled: ‘Boldly Go’. I have used abstract contemporary design elements that allow your imagination to soar. The illusion is expressed in the title of each creative work of art.
Neil Kruel is an American Artist and Educator. His original artwork can be found in private collections both domestically and internationally.
From his earliest beginnings, his work in art has been inspired by life experiences and the ever changing world around him. Growing up on a wooded generational property, he was attentive to textures, patterns and color. The juxtaposition of shape, value and hue would influence his work in extraordinary ways. This drama of elements is the resource from which he draws inspiration. He currently lives in Union, Missouri where he maintains an active studio.
As an educator, Kruel taught at East Central College (ECC) for 8 years providing instruction in art history, clay techniques and painting. While at ECC, he piloted the ceramics program that has grown throughout the years and has become integral to the art curriculum. During his teaching years he was active in art shows both as a solo exhibitor and judge. Kruel has also achieved awards when participating in many art shows and competitions throughout the region. He is active in community events and the Kirkwood Performing Art Center. In addition to his artistic accomplishments, Neil is a successful businessman, having founded several companies ranging from advertising agencies, a real estate development corporation and fine art studios.
His art includes mixed-media works and acrylic paintings both on paper and canvas. He is also a skilled ceramist working in stoneware and recycled glass. His imagery draws heavily upon the influence of wabi-sabi, an ancient traditional Japanese philosophy. This view is centered on appreciating beauty that is transient and incomplete - a concept where the accidental and the serendipitous are embraced. His art is a profound statement that holds the viewer captive by continual movement and a sense of deep introspection.
Kruel holds a Masters of Arts Degree from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.