Kris Rehrin

Kris Rehring is a figurative painter. She works primarily in oils with emphasis on the human figure, urbanscapes and still lifes. Currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee, she is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, has exhibited in national juried shows and is the recipient of several awards. Born in Chattanooga, she was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and earned a BS from the University of Miami, Coral Gables. She earned a MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Most recently she was a participant in the JSS Summer Art School and Residency's Master Class program in Civita Castellana, Italy.


I am drawn to the visual logic of strong, repeating geometric forms. Like building with blocks, I paint the shapes of color layer upon layer to convey the essential elements of the motif that attract my eye. I construct abstracted passages and rhythms within representational form. This gives the viewer different impressions when looking at my work either from a distance or up close. My interpretation celebrates the unusual and the unique. These motifs represent a reality that is hard to find in today's prefabricated, franchised, and box-store kind of American development. 

I admire individualism in my figurative work. I am particularly drawn to painting someone within a large environment where the figure inhabits a relatively small portion of the composition. This sets a distinct psychological tone of otherwise often overlooked moments in a person’s life. 

My still life paintings are like quiet contemplations, a pause from longer studio sessions where I explore mark making and tone in a more direct and intimate observational setting.