ALFRED FREDDY KRUPA : New Ink Art
Art Market|Issue #52 October 2020
Geneva 20 /street/ at the end of her journey. Sepia with black and white ink & plastic pen on old newspapers glued on canvas, 40x60 cm. 2020 Alfred Freddy Krupa © All rights reserved

Alfred Freddy Krupa MFA (1971) grandson and student of Alfred Krupa sr. (Poland, 1915 - Yugoslavia, 1989) graduated in 1995 at the Academy Of Fine Arts (ALU) of the University of Zagreb.

In 1998/99, as a postgraduate research student, he studied Japanese painting at Tokyo Gakugei University. Krupa also studied Art History (postgraduate scientific study) at the University of Zagreb (1996/1997, 1997/1998). In 2005 he finished additional art education study and has been given the formal permanent title of Professor of Drawing and Painting by the Croatian State Institute for Education. (Today Education and Teacher Training Agency- ETTA/AZOO).

The free bird (COVID-19 artwork no.2).Sepia with black and white ink& plastic pen, felt-tip pen. 73x60 cm. 2020Alfred Freddy Krupa © All rights reserved

In his manifesto (New Ink Art Manifesto, 1996), Krupa describes his ink painting as an interpretation of western modern art with the means of East Asian ink technique, as a combination of contemporary painting and traditional Chinese-Japanese calligraphy.

Girl Masked by a Transparent Gray Gauze Costume (COVID-19 artwork no.1). Ink (Ink wash, white ink, acrylic, brush, plastic pen) on paper. 61x42 cm. 2020 Alfred Freddy Krupa © All rights reserved

This year, Alfred Krupa celebrates 30 years of public and artistic work (1990-2020). Today, he is considered the leading representative of Modern European ink painting and the pivotal figure in the Western New Ink Art movement.

Karlovac's Grey. Ink wash and plastic pen on thin cardboard. 60x73 cm. 2019 Alfred Freddy Krupa © All rights reserved

As it was pointed out by reviewers and art critic: His contributions to this movement are well recorded and have helped promote a once-isolated style exclusively practiced in the far east, to western culture and Lui Shou-Kwan (1919-1975), credited with founding the New Ink Painting Movement and his followers (up to the present times), Reinterprets Chinese ink art in the form of Western ,Modernism. Krupa is doing something essentially opposite/ different from Shou-Kwan; he reinterprets Western modernism in the form of Chinese ink art.

Abandoned rural estate. Ink wash and plastic pen on thin cardboard. 60x73 cm. 2019 Alfred Freddy Krupa © All rights reserved

Several times awarded Alfred Freddy Krupa (in various ways) has been presented on six continents, and his original works on paper can be researched at the Tate - London (Special Library Collection), Silesian Museum in Katowice (Poland), Modern Gallery - Zagreb, International Watercolor Museum in Fabriano (Italy), Orange Regional Art Gallery (Australia) and in many other collections.

First Snow. Ink wash (Black and white ink). white acrylic. swan feather. Brush on thin cardboard. 61x73 cm. 2019 Alfred Freddy Krupa © All rights reserved

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