Yaz Krehbiel

ecent Paintings: The Contemplative Coast

March 3 - April 14, 2012

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 3rd, 6 - 9PM


SMITH ANDERSEN NORTH is pleased to present our first solo exhibition by Yaz Krehbiel: The Contemplative Coast – Recent Paintings. The subtle and elegant paintings that make up Krehbiel’s latest body of work give Marin County’s venerable landscape painting tradition a fresh update. Krehbiel infuses the tradition of Plein-Air painting with a Modernist approach, creating what he describes as a “Metaphysical Landscape”. Krehbiel writes, “Deep focus on the external world is a means to transcend the limitations of the self…in this way, painting provides me with an intersection of my interests in Buddhism, Metaphysics and aesthetics.” Made entirely from direct observation of the natural world, the paintings in Krehbiel’s Contemplative Coast are an exercise in close, extended looking and thoughtful response, and together comprise an in-depth study of the rich and varied landscape of Northern California.

Yaz Krehbiel was born and raised in the Chicago area. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1991 with a BA and a BE from the Thayer School of Engineering in 1992, Yaz studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland, CA, and the International School of Art in Montecastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy. It was in 1997 in Umbria that Yaz began to devote himself to painting landscapes on-site. In the fall of 1998, Yaz joined the MFA in painting program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, studying primarily with Robert Barnes. He taught Color Theory and Design at Indiana, then returned to Montecastello to teach figure drawing and landscape painting. He’s also taught landscape drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s summer Ox-Bow program in Saugatuk, Michigan.

Yaz has had three one-person shows. One in Chicago at the Richard Norton Gallery and two in San Francisco at Paul Thiebaud Gallery.  His most recent exhibition was a three-person show at Richard Norton that included work from two generations of Plein-Air painters from the Krehbiel family. He lives in San Anselmo, CA, with his wife and three kids.

Above: Yaz Krehbiel, Fort Cronkhite #30, 2009, Oil on canvas, 16 x 40 inches