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About Kim Knoll

Kim feels most 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. Each work is numbered according to the order in which they were created, and also represents the number of paintings I completed in my life at that time.


Kim Knoll lives and works in Chicago, not far from Half Acre Brewery. Her days are spent working alongside her husband at Knoed, their two-person graphic design studio. 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
2018, Nov 16-18, The Martin, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions
2018, Aug 28-Oct 19, Invitational Alumni Exhibition, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, IL

2018, Chronicle Books, The Spells Deck

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Four Seasons Jackson Hole, WY
Capitol Tower, Singapore
Chateau Elan Winery + Resort, GA
Addison Reserve Country Club, FL
Sino-Ocean Hangzhou Kempinkski Hotel, China
Atlanta Whitley Hotel Suites, GA
Deerfield Hyatt Regency, IL
Marriott Schaumburg, IL
Sheraton Wilmington, DE

Chairish Artist Collective
Soho Myriad Art Consulting
DAC Art Consulting
VISTO Images