Allen Kriegshauser

Allen Kriegshauser

How to pronounce my lastname:    KREEGS-how-zer


“I’ve never met a color I didn’t like, so my challenge is to harmonize those colors.”  I prefer to paint directly from life scenes with a strong light source that have deep defined shadows.  I use composition and bold directional brush strokes to create a sense of movement. 

I am figurative oil painter, who is not driven by a particular subject or object.  My interest is in the process the final image evolves from that process.  

When selecting a subject, I look for the overall visual stimulation to provide me the vehicle for a new and interesting creative experience.  I view the entire painting process as abstract leaving the subject to take a back seat to the process.

A St. Louis native, and graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, I teach workshops and have actively competed for the last 12 yrs.  Recent Plein Air events include:  2016 Easels in Fredrick, 2016 Plein Air Richmond, 2015 Plein air Texas and Door County Plein Air 2015 & 2017.

 I supported my painting habit by owning my own consulting firm.  Since I traveled extensively I took my paints with me as consolation.


2017 Door County, WI Plein Air juried artist
2017 Wayne, PA Plein Air juried artist
2017 OPS Salon 3 Dallas, TX - 3 paintings selected for the Salon Show
2016 Easels in Fredrick, MD Plein Air juried artist
2016 1st Place Watershed Plein Air
2016 1st Place Uctiy in Bloom Plein Air Event
2016 Richmond, VA Plein Air juried artist
2016 Steelville Plein Air 1st Place paint St. James
2016 Solo Show Grafica Gallery, Webster Groves, MO
2016 Golden Hills Plein Air  3rd place
2015 Door County, WI Plein Air juried artist
2015 Plein Air Texas juried artist
2015 Louisiana Missouri plein air event People's choice award & Honorable Mention
2015 Steelville Plein Air Best of Show
2015 1st Place Steelville PA Event 

2015 3rd Place Town & Country Plein Air Event, Town & Country, MO
2014 1st Place Keysville paint out Steeleville plein air event & 3rd Place
2014 Sunset Paint Purchase Award, Augusta, MO Plein Air Event 2014
2013 2ndst Place Louisana, MO plein air competition
2013 1st place & 1st place oil Webster Groves Plein Air Event, Webster Groves, MO
2013 Solo Show Ober Anderson Gallery Kirkwood, MO
2012 1st Place Louisana, MO plein air competition
2012 3 man show at theTavern of  Fine Arts, St. Louis, MO – plein air paintings
2011 MAC Gallery, St. Louis, MO – solo show plein air paintings
2011 Concrete Ocean, St. Louis, MO – plein air & figures
2011 Honorable mention, 1st Brush of Spring, Plein Air Event, New Harmony, IN
2011 3rd Place Town & Country Plein Air Event, Town & Country, MO
2011 1st Place Painting theTown, St Geneive, MO
2011 1st Place Earthtone Plein Air Event, Alton, IL
2010 2nd Place Webster Groves Plein Air Event, Webster Groves, MO
2010 2nd Place Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2010 1st Place Earthtone Plein Air Event, Alton, IL
2008 Selected for Small Works Competition, The Greenwich Gallery, Fairfield, CT 
2008 2nd Place Lafayette Square Paint Historic Home Contest
2008 1st Place Lafayette Square Paint the Label Contest, Augusta Brewery
2008 1st Place Lafayette Square Paint Historic Row Houses Contest
2007 Workshop: Plein Air Painting, Lafayette Sq. Plein Air Event, St. Louis, MO
2007 Residents Choice, Lafayette Sq. Plein Air Event, St. Louis, MO
2007 3rd place Oils, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2006 Workshop: Drawing, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2006 Best of Show and 1st place oils, Lafayette Square Plein Air Event, St. Louis, MO.
2006 1st place oils, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2006 1st Best of Show, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2005 Workshop: Composition, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2005 Group show: Billyo & the Missouri Plein Air Painters, Schmidt Gallery,  SW Illinois College, Belleville, IL 
2005 2 Honorable mentions, oils, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2004 Best of Show and 1st place oils, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
2004 “Missouri Landscapes” Group show with the Missouri Plein Air Painters, Componere Gallery, University City, MO
2003 Honorable mention oils, Augusta Plein Air Event, Augusta, MO
1974 One man show figure drawing at the University of Missouri Columbia, MO
1974 2nd place, Bohan figure drawing competition, Kansas City, MO