Acrylic, mixed media, on canvas.
Oil, mixed media, randomness
AK: I am an Artist and all Around Goofball.
TA: Where did you grow up?
AK: Huntington Beach California
TA: When did you discover your talent as an artist? Any art schools, artist in the family?
AK: I have been drawing since I was a wee lad. I took art classes in high school beside that no formal training. My sister is creative beside that no.
TA: You have created quite an incredible style for yourself with no formal train.
TA: Preferred mediums?
AK: I dig mixed media, Acrylic, oils, Spray paint and whatever else I can find to add to the mix.
TA: Inspirational Artist past or present?
AK: Early on I was influenced by comic book art, especially Geoff Darrow and Brian Bolland. In high school I really got into skateboard graphics, like the stuff Mark Gonzales was creating for Vision. I have always enjoyed going to museums and looking at art as well as looking at graffiti on the way home after school from Ocean View.
TA: Where and how often do you show your work?
AK: I have been showing a minimum of twice per year, though oftentimes more since 2000. I have shown in various spaces around the world. I've had the opportunity to own and operate my gallery, "Gallery 23" for a year in 2000, in Costa Mesa, Ca. I was given the space on a loan from the owner of the property, where I exhibited local emerging artist along with my own work. Running a gallery of my own a really enriching and wonderful experience as I was able to learn hands on about the art business from both the gallery and artist perspective. I was also chosen in the summer of 2001 to occupy a live/work space for four months, cumulating in my largest one man show to date at Seven Degrees, in the Laguna Canyon, Laguna Beach, Ca, Last year I traveled to Germany, where my work was exhibited in Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin in conjunction with Haye, who is currently producing my work into puzzles and calendars. Also, for the past three years I have been a part of the annual MoCA benefit show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Los Angeles. It's very cool have been selected to show my art there, I have always really loved the MoCA.
TA: It just shows that passion and drive will take you in the direction you want to go.
AK Sketch, markers on paper
Aaron having a man size Bier in Germany.
AK ART Forever!
Acrlic, Mixed media on canvas.
Oil, mixed media on wood
"Sig Girl 23"
Oil, spray paint, mixed media, random material
Aaron knows how to light things up.
"Wax Poetic" AK Solo Show
Aaron snapping an ollie in his Doc Martins at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach, Ca.
Keep a look out for Aaron Kraten, he may be coming to your town if your lucky.