Artist Craig Rouse paints abstract intersections of architecture and mid-century modern design. He creates strong images of geometric structures in a hard-edged fashion influenced by his graphic design background spanning 30 years. Craig flourishes in applying techniques of digital art to the canvas. “I retain some brushstrokes in my work as I don't want it to be absolutely perfect,” says Craig. He maintains organic brushwork between his precise process of color-blocked edges. Working in a shared studio at West Arts District in Lakewood Colorado, he absorbs and draws inspiration from the ever-changing energies of his fellow creators. Partnered with a fine artist, Craig’s artistic practice is a constant exchange of creative ideas. Outside artistic territory, he takes delight in playing volleyball and walking their studio dog, Riley.
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About The Artist
I start my fine art process by designing on the computer and selecting a palette of 8-12 colors. I lay out and transfer the design onto the cradled panel and paint each color. It's a painstaking and precise process to get clean edges on each color block. I do retain some brush strokes in the work so that it's obvious that an actual person painted this. I don't want it to be absolutely perfect. My wife, Carrie MaKenna, is also a fine artist and we bounce ideas and color palettes off one another.
I'm also the sole proprietor of R Design LLC. Founded in 2007, a full-service graphic design studio specializing in the design of identity and logomarks, print collateral, and environmental/signage design.
I live in Denver, Colorado with my wife, Carrie, and our studio dog, Riley.
Kansas City Art Institute
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1979