Ahni Kruger is a painter and printmaker whose images form a provocative blend of conceptual and perceptual approaches. Her practice of addressing formal visual challenges on location in the landscape informs her studio work.
Recent work explores themes of protection and vulnerability, questioning the results of repetitive patterns of behavior, both aggressive and seemingly benign. Forces of nature and human intervention are considered as she plays with conceptual patterns combined with realistic forms. Stylistically, loose vibrant brushstrokes collide with precisely focused intervals of structured color, accentuating the point of contact between distinctly different approaches to the medium. Her imagery teeters on the verge of abstraction, with a rich variety of textures dancing in and around both observed and invented forms.
An adjunct professor of printmaking, drawing and painting at Drew University in Madison, NJ, Ahni holds a BFA from Cornell University, and an MFA in studio art from Montclair, where she received an award for excellence in painting. She has been the recipient of an NJSCA fellowship and grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is in many private and corporate collections, including Johnson & Johnson, Schlumberger, Skandia, and Alliance Capital. Kruger has shown primarily in the NY area, and has been included in shows at PPOW, Gitana Rosa Gallery, The Painting Center, NYC; Studio 371 in Jersey City; Metropolitan Gallery 250 and the Dutot Museum in PA. Recent solo shows were at: the Romano Gallery in Blairstown, NJ; The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ; the Korn Gallery in Madison, NJ, and the Dickinson Hall Gallery at Princeton University. Ahni has been spending summers in Maine, painting in and around Swans and the Cranberry Islands since 1999. Her studio for the rest of the year is in Pottersville, NJ.