Getting to know you: Jeremy Kronbach

Each week we ask a Seattle artist to answer 11 personal questions. Last week, Sonya Stockton. This week: Jeremy Kronbach!


As these gray Seattle days roll on, we’re enjoying the colorful exuberance of Jeremy’s work all the more. We also love the fact that he’s not afraid to roll with unexpected turns in the painting process. When Jeremy discovered that a resident spider had been weaving webs over his paintings as they dried in the studio overnight, he didn’t curse the spider and scrap the canvas; instead, he played along and took advantage of the serendipitous collaboration (see the spider’s contribution here and here).

Jeremy’s solo show opens at Gallery AXIS in Pioneer Square this Thursday.

"Unicycle" (oil and alkyd on canvas, 65 x 113)



Where is your studio?  I have a studio at my home in Shoreline. If I don’t have a studio at home, I can never get anything done.

Native Seattleite or transplant?  I was born in Seattle but I have lived all over including New York, Quebec and Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. I moved back here in 2000.

What’s on your studio soundtrack?  Usually an eclectic mix of West Coast Hip Hop like Living Legends and Heiroglyphics, Electronic music like Tycho, Washed Out and Boards of Canada, and lots of Neil Young. I listen to a fair amount of African music as well.

Who is your art history crush?  By far and away, Richard Diebenkorn is my art history crush. Though I love his early abstract work and the body of figurative work from his time in the bay area, his return to abstraction late in his career produced the Ocean Park series, which remains to this day my favorite body of artistic work. I would have loved to watch him paint.

What is your favorite Seattle fall activity?  Posting up in one of Seattle’s many awesome pubs for a few pints of beer with friends.

Where is the best coffee in town?  For me, the best coffee in town is undoubtedly Slate coffee. It takes 5 minutes to get a cup, but it is delicious and unlike any other coffee in town.

What is the last book you read?  It sounds nerdy, but the last book I read was The Proud Highway, a collection of Hunter S. Thompson’s correspondence over a 10-year period. He wrote a lot of letters.

What is your most treasured possession?  My most treasured possession would be all the inherited art gear from my grandfather that I use in my studio to this day. He painted and sculpted for 60 years and was my greatest art teacher in many respects. When he died, I got most of what was in his art studio.

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?  My best and worst job was as a professional blackjack player. The years I spent traveling around the country counting cards were great, but when the job got difficult, it had a way of getting really difficult.

What super power would you like to have?  I would like to be able to turn stone into food.

What is your favorite piece on Artsyo (that’s not yours)?  Sight Distance or Architectural Detail by Counsel Langley

Thanks Jeremy!

See more of Jeremy Kronbach’s work on Artsyo.

"Shoreline I" (oil, latex, alkyd and paper on canvas, 24 x 24)

"Shoreline II" (oil, alkyd and cut paper on canvas, 24 x 24)