Aiden Kringen was born in Los Angeles in 1992 and spent his time growing up between the American West and Mexico. In these different landscapes and environments, the artist began to develop a slightly fragmented style in his artwork, combining various mediums to offer a combination of geometry and representation.
The artist has maintained a keen eye for detail stemming from his interest in observation and interactions with people. In this Aiden Kringen aims to represent not just an image of a figure, but the emotion behind the person. From his mother, an artist and graphic designer, he learned the fundamentals of composition and typography, the nuances of positive and negative space and the relationships between them. We see this employed effectively in the artist’s work resulting in beautifully balanced pieces.
Drawing has always been central to Aiden’s approach. Whilst developing his love of expression, he studied vintage anatomy atlases and drew meticulously in his journals, working through myriad permutations of bones and skin, angle and pose, muscles in motion. Honing his natural talent for figuration through long and exhaustive study, he arrived at an understanding of the figure that is both intuitive and virtuosic. On acrylic and mixed media on canvas, Kringen lays down linework with a Micron pen in ever-more-complex compositions, often with the addition of gloss mediums to bring out the layers reflectivity and prismatic character. In some pieces he incorporates gold and silver leaf to heighten drama and luxuriance, recalling the mosaic-like work of Gustav Klimt who, along with fellow Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele, stands among Kringen’s most prominent influences.