“Gunpowders nature, energy; and the experimental qualities it offers captivates my desire to create!” – KJK

“When Nothing Else Mattered”
Ignited Gunpowder on paper, 22x12)

See it at “A Moment in Time” show at the Old Main Gallery in Bozeman, MT
Opening March 2nd 5-7 pm

Grace & Gunpowder: the artist

I discovered gunpowder as an art medium and fell in love it. It’s endless experimental, and not completely controllable nor predictable which draws me to it’s creativity potential.
A mini documentary (1 1/2 minutes) by Marnie Craig.

Gunpowder artist, KJ Kahnle thrives on the artistic challenges and experimentation of “painting” with gunpowder. “Gunpowder is a wonderfully interesting and diverse medium. To achieve the results I’m continually reaching for the complex processes of burn rates, air flow, directional “blasting,” layering, etc. get quiet challenging… especially with a medium where mistakes can’t be redone, painted over, or erased.”



I've really enjoyed creating mini gunpowder pieces. They're mounted, and hang unframed by a leather cord and vary in size from 5x5 to 6x12.

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Created with It’s History

"Created with It's History" is a scaled size Sharps 1874, 24x12 Ignited Gunpowder on paper (sold). What a fantastic piece to create and learn with. The Sharps is an iconic firearm created for long distance shooting,. Because the art was created with gunpowder - part...

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Out West Art Show
14-17 March part of Western Art Week in Great Falls, MT
I’ll be in Rm 157 for my 4th year at the show – stop in!

2018 Montana Miniatures
14-17 March, 2018. Part of the Out West Art Show at the Best Western Heritage Inn, during Western Art Week, in Great Falls, MT. I will be showing my art in Rm 157 again – drop in to visit!

Montana Professional Artist Association
I’ll also be at the MPAA show Nov 16-18 in Missoula at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Best of Show – People’s Choice Award

The WaterWorks Art Museum, Miles City, MT (Sept 2017)
“Storm’s Comin”  Ignited Gunpowder on paper, 42″x12″

Grace and Gunpowder: The Art of Igniting Gunpowder

(Painting with Gunpowder)