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Meet Kyle Krauskopf of Atlantis Artist Collective

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyle Krauskopf.

Kyle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started when a man named Kurt sought business insurance and met a woman named Risa while doing so… kidding! But not really. My name is Kyle Krauskopf and I am from a small town in Indiana called Peru. Always a dreamer and an imaginative person, I’ve come to find that because of the safe and comfortable upbringing my parents (Kurt and Risa) provided for me I’ve been more apt to take risks in my life.

My pursuit of the arts has always been present from my first hilariously poor proportioned drawing of my grandma to my contributing hand and work at the Getty Museum in LA. When presented with the option of renting my first studio and gallery in Indianapolis Indiana I signed on the dotted line having no idea how I would afford it- but I made it work.

I am an extremely dedicated worker and pride myself on my ability to follow through with the things I say I’ll do. My co-founding of The Atlantis Artist Collective is a culmination of every risk, project, trip, misstep, move, friend, and relationship I’ve been fortunate enough to experience. From a “Buy or Burn” sale of ALL my artwork to fund a six month backpacking trip through Europe to manifesting the creation of a brand new contemporary art center in Seattle Washington, my ride thus far has been full of highs and lows and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It most certainly has been a bumpy ride- but from those bumps, from forging your own path, you learn an incredible amount about yourself, about what you want from life, and of what you’re truly capable. I like to joke that I’ve been told no to more ideas and proposals than I could possibly remember. But from that, I’ve learned just how resilient I am. I have found myself sobbing in the corner of my studio because I couldn’t afford a $5 pizza let alone rent. I have often been adrift wondering what I’m supposed to do with all the energy, ideas, and motivation I have. I’ve experienced gut-wrenching heartbreak. I’ve had artwork stolen. I’ve had people call for refunds on art I am supremely proud of. I have had commissions canceled mid-pencil stroke. I experienced the passing of my art mentor. But I don’t like to focus on the negative aspect of these things- I’m grateful for the rich and full life I’ve experienced thus far and I truly hope it never “smooths out.”

Please tell us about The Atlantis Artist Collective.
The Atlantis Artist Collective is comprised of 5 Seattle based artists- from classically painted oils to woodworking we cover it all! We had some grand designs in place to be an interactive space, where people can come together and dream and learn and just have fun witnessing and taking part in the arts, but unfortunately we opened our doors a mere two months before the CoVid quarantine. We have spent the subsequent months brainstorming on how best to move forward while keeping our artists and our patrons as safe as possible. Last but not least, we are located in the world-famous Pike Place Market, of which I am supremely proud!

What were you like growing up?
I was always a pretty quiet and reserved person. I spent a lot of time thinking. One of the most character-building things I’ve gone through was dealing with childhood obesity. One day I decided that wasn’t how I wanted to exist and endeavored to change, and I did. Every time I think to myself “I wish my metabolism was faster” (my brother is rail-thin as a constant reminder) I remember that without that formative experience of seeing something that I wanted to change and succeeding in changing it, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. Being fat was huge!

Unfortunately, after that, I experienced face-scarring acne throughout high school whose reminder still marks my face today. But once again, I think going through both those things has instilled a humble quality in me that couldn’t have been learned any other way… except, ya know, when I’m asked a bunch of interview questions about how awesome I am. But going through those things as a youth, in tandem with being too proud to ever ask anyone for money, which as an artist sometimes meant I couldn’t afford pickles, formed a compassion and care for others misfortune that I believe is the basis for the absolute best part of who I have become.

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Image Credit:

Kyle Krauskopf/ Ariel Parrow/ Jen Tucker

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