They called William Kranstover (wjkart.com) the “phantom sculptor” back in the 1990s when he placed his quirky metal art in conspicuous places around town. The Park City artist remembers those days fondly. Discouraged by rigid city guidelines for placing public art, Kranstover rebelled. “I put my sculptures up all over the place, usually around three in the morning. Passersby were my best critics. I could tell if a piece was good if somebody stole it,” he chuckles.
Art has always been Kranstover’s passion. Though his creative drive ebbed and flowed with the mundane demands of life, it never left him. Fifteen years ago, something suddenly clicked. “I sort of exploded in my mid-50s. I asked myself, ‘If not now, when?’”
Call it a midlife reboot. Kranstover continues to sculpt, but his focus has transitioned to painting. “Canvases are easier to lug around,” he explains. His work, which he describes with a wink as “post-modern, Western impressionism,” depicts pastoral landscapes and iconic local landmarks. Colorful and whimsical, it has garnered several awards and is featured regularly at the Springville Art Museum in Utah County. In June, Kranstover also became a featured artist at the prestigious 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake City. Though his art graces Cognition Wine labels, the bottles are a bit elusive since the local winery closed its doors. Fortunately, his paintings are on display at the boutique gallery inside the Park City Lodging building (820 Park Ave), a regular stop on the town’s monthly gallery stroll (parkcitygalleryassociation.com).