Ian Kroll

This is a bio for Ian Kroll. I started painting when I began volunteering for the art program at the The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre back in October of 2010. I was there until October of 2017. During those seven years, art and painting and volunteering became an important part of my life. Being an “art volunteer” is now a big part of my identity. For me, the art and the volunteering are inseparable.

I deal with a particularly bad case of multiple sclerosis which severely affects my walking, vision, and steadiness-of-hand. I don’t let it get me down. My paintings usually have an abstract, cartoon-ish quality to them which reflects some of how I see the world.

My full biography as an art volunteer follows.

2010-2017

I started painting in October 2010 when I started volunteering for the art program at The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. Other than taking art class in high school, I have no training. I know, it shows.

Until October 2017, Sep. 27 to be precise, I did almost all of my painting while volunteering at The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. As such, I’ve decided to donate a portion of the proceeds for each of those paintings back to the “DI” as they call it.

I volunteered every single Sunday afternoon for seven years, so there will be a lot of watercolour paintings posted once I finish scanning them all.

After the DI cancelled their art program in October 2017, I knew I would have to find a way to do similar work

2017

My first day volunteering at The Alex Community Health Centre was on Oct. 25, 2017. I managed to find another place at which to volunteer less than a month later. As with the paintings I created at the DI, any painting I create at The Alex will get a portion donated to The Alex.

2018

In March of 2018, I started putting on some acrylic pour and finger-painting sessions at Mohkinstsis at the tipi camp located across the street from the courthouse downtown.

In April 2018, I started volunteering at The Calgary Public Library. My friends and I put on free painting events there every two weeks from April 2018 to September 18, 2018.

In the fall of 2018, Sam Bighetty and I began a collaboration. As 2018 draws to an end, we are still actively creating new pieces.

The Future

My plan is to continue volunteering at The Alex, Mohkinstsis Healing Camp, the CPL, and painting with Sam for as long as I’m able.

I don't try to kid myself about ever making a living as an artist. I do some work as a website developer. I’m sometimes interested in new projects, so if you need a website developer or website/email hosting, please get in touch.

2018-07-28: I NEED TO UPDATE MY LIST OF PAINTINGS! I HAVE MANY NEWER ONES. i ALSO HAVE QUITE A FEW ACRYLICS NOW, NOT JUST WATERCOLOUR. COMING SOON

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  • Across The River

    $60.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Size:
    12" x 9"
    Materials:
    watercolour paint on watercolour paper
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to The DI
    I tried to finish most of my paintings in one volunteer session at The DI. I spent a bit more time on this one however, completing it over three volunteer sessions.Add to cart
  • Evening Forest

    $40.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Size:
    9" x 12"
    Materials:
    watercolour paint on watercolour paper
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to The DI
    Add to cart
  • Neutron Stars 001

    $160.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    16" x 20"
    Materials:
    acrylic on streched canvas
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to the Calgary Public Library
    Many of my paintings involve an outer-space theme. In this case, we have a depiction of binary neutron stars. I did the background pour of this painting at the CPL, and added the stars in my own studio.         Add to cart
  • CommuniTree Contest Entry

    $40.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    9" x 12"
    Materials:
    acrylic on canvas board
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to The Alex Community Health Centre
    I was one of the three winners of the CommuniTree contest at The Alex Community Health Centre. Part of the prize for the winners is we get to recreate the work on a 36″ x 48″ pro-quality canvas.Add to cart
  • Sam and Ian painting entitled Love

    Love

    $1,850.00
    Artist:
    Sam Bighetty & Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    36" x 24"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    Donations:
    20% of Ian's 50% will go to the CPL
    This is a large painting easily visible across a room. I did the background for this one during IMageKink’s first event at the library: Sam & Ian At The CPL Again Sam came over to my place on 2018-11-04. We worked on some paintings. He did most of the outlining for the eagle he started […]Add to cart
  • Gold Stellar Remnant

    $120.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2017
    Size:
    16" x 20"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    Gold isn’t just rare here on Earth. It’s scarce throughout the entire universe. That’s because it is created only in the Universe’s most violent explosions. All the gold everywhere was created in either a supernova explosion, or else in the collision of neutron stars. I did this pour on 2018-01-18. Unlike many of my paintings, […]Add to cart
  • Strength

    $1,850.00
    Artist:
    Sam Bighetty & Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    36" x 24"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    This is a collaboration between Sam Bighetty and Ian Kroll Eagle and Bear completed on 2018-11-18Add to cart
  • Humility

    $1,850.00
    Artist:
    Sam Bighetty & Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    24" x 36"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    Add to cart
  • Moose

    $1,850.00
    Artist:
    Sam Bighetty & Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    36" x 24"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    Add to cart
  • Blue Tulip

    $20.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    4" x 4"
    Materials:
    acrylic on canvas board
    Add to cart
  • Guitar

    $20.00
    Size:
    4" x 4"
    Materials:
    acrylic on canvas board
    I created this one at my home studio in 2018.Add to cart
  • Twisted Rainbow

    $80.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2018
    Size:
    12" x 16"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    I prepped this canvas very well. I put MANY layers of black with a roller. The under-texture resembles that of leather.Add to cart
  • Eagle Nebula

    $250.00
    Artist:
    Sam Bighetty & Ian Kroll
    Size:
    14" x 11"
    Materials:
    acrylic on stretched canvas
    This painting is featured in the interview we did on CTV.Add to cart
  • Melting Forest

    $50.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2017
    Size:
    15" x 11"
    Materials:
    watercolour paint on watercolour paper
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to The DI
    Add to cart
  • Colourful Forest

    $50.00
    Artist:
    Ian Kroll
    Date:
    2017
    Size:
    15" x 11"
    Materials:
    watercolour paint on watercolour paper
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to The DI
    The aurora was done with fluorescent paints, so it glows nicely under a blacklight.Add to cart
  • book of watercolour paintingsSOLD OUT

    22 Paintings In A Book

    $80.00
    Size:
    3.5" x 5"
    Materials:
    watercolour paint on watercolour paper
    Donations:
    20% will be donated to The DI
    There are 22 individual paintings in this book. Each 3.5 x 5″ painting was completed within one 2-hour volunteer session at the DI. All of the paintings are watercolour. 140lb cold-press watercolor paperRead more

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