Kraig Thayer Rasmussen is an artist who creates atmospheric large-scale landscapes. There is a quiet intimacy in his paintings that reveals his long and familiar relationship with the land. He attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has been an arts activist, teacher, museum and gallery curator, exhibit designer, arts administrator and gallery director. He has traveled the USA, Austria, Italy, Greece, the British Isles, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Jamaica researching landscapes and prowling around the art museums.
Rasmussen realized his affinity for nature as a young boy in the fifties. He intentionally strengthened this relationship for a decade in the seventies, living the Spartan life of a “back-to-the-lander”. His philosophy pursues the issue of humans dominating nature rather than being a steward of the world around them. He believes that landscapes stir feelings of melancholy, sanctuary, unease, or hope. His paintings reflect a life lived with both eyes and heart open.
Rasmussen currently curates the Raymond Avenue Gallery’s exhibits and is Vice Chair for the White Bear Center for the Arts. He lives and maintains a studio in Birchwood, Minnesota and is married to the sculptor Erica Spitzer Rasmussen.