Kim feels alive and at peace exploring the land around us. Her connection with nature comes from a love for the outdoors and has become her main source of inspiration.
ABOUT THE WORK:
Being surrounded by the buzz of city life makes me seek out calm and stillness through painting. My work is an abstract interpretation of memories and moments from my time spent in nature exploring lakes, mountains, forests and coastlines through hiking and camping. Working with watercolors, India ink, paint markers and graphite, I paint from memory, thinking of specific moments or sights to guide each concept and inform the shapes, gestures, color and composition. Inspired by landscapes and influenced by minimalism, I seek to bring the outdoors in, in a beautiful, simple and unexpected way.
Chicago-based artist Kim Knoll was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She moved to the city in 2006 and has been living there ever since. Her days are split between painting and working alongside her husband at Knoed, their graphic design studio. It wasn't until 2016 when she picked up a paintbrush for the first time, but only to experiment with watercolors for a client project. She fell in love with the medium and began exploring it as a personal project. Soon after sharing her paintings on Instagram, her work sold out and continued to do so. After seeing a demand for her art, she learned how to make prints and began selling both originals and prints to interior designers and art consultants. Now Kim works with over 20 art consulting firms and interior design studios to produce commissioned paintings and prints for hotels, resorts, retail stores, cruise lines, and more. Her most notable work can be found in The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Four Seasons Hotels, The Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, Hyatt Regency Hotels, 7 For All Mankind (Milan and Berlin), Celebrity Edge and Norwegian Sky cruise ships, and The Spells Deck produced by Chronicle Books. See Kim’s most recent paintings and adventures on Instagram.
Education 2003, BFA in Visual Communications, Northern Illinois University
Solo Exhibitions 2019, Jun 26-Aug 26, Neighborly, Chicago, IL 2018, Nov 16-18, The Martin, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibitions 2018, Aug 28-Oct 19, Invitational Alumni Exhibition, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL
Selected Commissions 2020, The Ritz-Carlton, Yacht Collection 2019, 7 For All Mankind, Milan Flagship Store 2018, Chronicle Books, The Spells Deck
Selected Features The Ritz-Carlton Evrima Yacht Four Seasons Jackson Hole, WY Four Seasons Vail, CO Bellagio Hotel Las Vegas, NV 7 for all Mankind Milan Flagship Store, Italy 7 for all Mankind Berlin Store, Germany Norwegian Sky Cruise Ship Celebrity Edge Cruise ShipCapitol Tower, Singapore Chateau Elan Winery + Resort, GA Addison Reserve Country Club, FL Sino-Ocean Hangzhou Kempinkski Hotel, China Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, OR Westin Kierland Suites Scottsdale, AZ Whitley Hotel Suites Atlanta, GA Hyatt Regency Stonebriar, TX Hyatt Regency Deerfield, IL
Partnerships / Representation CB2 Chairish Artist Collective Prime 8 Art League Kalisher Soho Myriad Art Consulting DAC Art Consulting VISTO Images Kevin Barry Fine Art Indiewalls