“Gunpowders nature, energy; and the experimental qualities it offers captivates my desire to create!” – KJK
To the Distant Peaks – juried into the 2018 Montana Miniatures Show
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.
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″
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.”
FROM THE GUNPOWDER STUDIO
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.read more
"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...read more
EVENTS and FUN STUFF
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.
Grace and Gunpowder: The Art of Igniting Gunpowder
(Painting with Gunpowder)