Harold Kraus Bio

Educated at the University of Wisconsin, the American Floral Art School in Chicago and Lipscomb University in Nashville, Harold Kraus brings a unique diversity of training, life experience and passion to his work. A self-described “colorist,” his style exudes a fascination with the properties and power of color.

After years of work as a florist, designer and artist, Kraus has observed that, “Many people lead color-starved lives. I imagine they are intimidated and unsure of how much is too much, and surround themselves with neutral and muted earth tones just to play it safe.” Kraus paintings march squarely into the color void with vivid light and deep emotion. Fans and collectors of Kraus art often remark that his colors make an entire room “sing” where before it was silent. Recognition and shows include: special exhibitions at The Carl Van Vechten Gallery, Fisk University, and the Parthenon, Nashville; Tennessee Art League Award; Tennessee Art League Grand Award; Tennessee All State Exhibition Award; Coca Cola Exhibition Merit Award, Purchase Award and Second Place; Nashville Parade of Homes and Designer Showcase 1985-1992; and one-man shows in multiple galleries since 1987.

Among the many notable Kraus collectors are: President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush; Former Vice-President Al Gore; Mr. & Mrs. H. Ross Perot; the Estate of Julia Child; Ralph Emery; Mrs. Pat Summerall; J.D. Powers & Associates; Adam’s Mark Hotel; Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music; Nashville Mayor, Karl Dean; Coca-Cola; Loews Hotels; Endata; Former Miss America Heather Whitestone; Dallas Children’s Hospital; Henredon Furniture; Hilton Hotels; Elon University; Amy Grant; J. C. Bradford Company; Renasant Bank; Gilda’s Club, Nashville (Gilda Radner); Adams Reese; Parman Energy; Jack’s BBQ; Standard Candy Co. (“GooGoo Clusters”); and Lipscomb University.

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