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About Kim Knoll

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.


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.


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 two-person graphic design studio. She started painting in 2016 after experimenting with watercolors for a client project. She began selling her art in 2017 and continues to expand and evolve her work. Kim’s style is heavily influenced by her background in graphic design, using a variety of marks to visually convey an idea. Inspired by landscapes and influenced by minimalism, she simplifies what she sees down to its most basic form. See Kim’s most recent paintings and adventures on Instagram.


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
Norwegian Sky Cruise Ship
Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship
Four Seasons Jackson Hole, WY
Four Seasons Vail, CO
Capitol 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
Marriott Schaumburg, IL
Sheraton Wilmington, DE

Chairish Artist Collective
Prime 8 Art League
Soho Myriad Art Consulting
DAC Art Consulting
VISTO Images
Kevin Barry Fine Art