Over the course of my fifty-year career, I have used photography extensively as a tool in my artwork. I have incorporated photos from magazines and newspapers, as well as my own photos in various combinations and arrangements. These often took the form of collage. At first, I was using a true collage as a maquette for a painting, and later making a virtual collage by digital means.
Every now and then, however, a photograph that I have made strikes me as complete unto itself; not needing other elements to complete the image. I have used eight of these images, all landscapes, to paint a long running series of pictures titled America I, 1990, through America VIII, 2009. America VI, which Ambassador Lane has chosen for the Villa San Sabastiano in Rome, was painted in 2003. It depicts a pasture across the road from a rural church in Rabun County, Georgia. The pasture, a hay field falling away from the road, has inspired me to paint it a number of times; reminding me of the Mont Sainte-Victoire paintings by Paul Cezanne.
The particular photo that I used seemed to hold the quintessence of that beautiful meadow; usually empty but that day with a neighbor’s horses. It was what I called a ‘ready-made.'”
Jeffrey Kronsnoble was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1963. That year, he joined the Art faculty at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, Florida.
Kronsnoble’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in regional and national competitions, as well as group and solo exhibitions. He has been featured in solo shows and a 25-year retrospective at ACA Galleries in New York, in Milwaukee, New Orleans, La Jolla, and throughout Florida. Group show venues have included The Milwaukee Art Museum, Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC, the National Academy of Design, and Butler Institute of American Art.
His work is represented in the permanent collections of art museums and over 175 public, corporate and private collections. Kronsnoble’s awards include the William A. Paton and Thomas B. Clarke prizes from the National Academy of Design in New York, and three Individual Artists Grants from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.
In 2008 Kronsnoble was featured in a show, Notes on the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries, at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Of his art, Museum Curator Jay Williams says, “….Kronsnoble’s paintings and drawings are poetic commentaries – he calls them ‘notes’ – about the struggle between order and chaos in modern life and contemporary art.”