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Kreg Yingst received his BA from Trinity University in San Antonio (1983) after attending the University of Texas (1978-’80), and his MA in painting from Eastern Illinois University (1996). After graduation, he taught art for thirteen years and has been a full time artist since 2003.
Both a painter and a self-taught printmaker, his work predominately evolves from an idea-based or narrative concept. Through a series, or “body of work,” the subject matter is fleshed out in a personal vision. Those ideas change as his interests change.
His initial printmaking influences were the book illustrators and WPA artists of the 1930’s. All of his original works are created from carved blocks of wood, linoleum, or other materials, and printed onto paper, board, or wood using an antique Showcard proof press. The larger works are hand-burnished using the back of a spoon. Some of the images are printed multiple times with the same block or with different blocks to create colored layers, and in some cases are individually hand-painted using watercolor.
Concerning his current body of work Yingst states: “Music has played a pivotal role in my life since my youth. Even today I can hear a song that I haven’ t heard in decades and remember the lyrics, as well as the emotions and memories associated with it from that particular time. In addition, I enjoy researching the history of the blues, country, jazz, rock and Americana - finding those story gems that have been forgotten or overlooked.
This musical influence can be seen in my work as it incorporates elements of poetry, portraiture, and musical genres through typography, symbolism, and style. It was with purpose I created my small images the same size as a CD cover, the round images the same as a 45 record, the mat/frame similar to a 78 album cover, and the medium size prints scaled to resemble old music posters. It’ s been my intention to foster a nostalgia or retro-experience by referencing music memorabilia, while still making the art uniquely my own.”
His work can be found in numerous international private and corporate collections, including Janus Corp., Denver, CO, Purdue University, the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and Pensacola State College. He recently had a solo show, Crossroad Blues: An American Portrait, at the Artel Gallery in Pensacola, FL, which featured a retrospective of fifteen years of work.
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