Kreg Yingst received his BA from Trinity University in San Antonio and his MA in painting from Eastern Illinois University. After graduating, he taught art for thirteen years and has been a full time artist since 2003.
Both a painter and a self-taught printmaker, his work predominately evolves from an idea-based or narrative concept. Through a series or “body of work” the subject matter is fleshed out into a personal vision. Most recently Yingst has used musical history, genre, and lyrics as a starting point which is then transformed through his imagination. It's easy to find yourself in a nostalgic retro-experience viewing the work as if you've seen it before, yet encountering it for the first time. His printmaking influences were initially sparked by the book illustrators and WPA artists of the 1930’s. Working predominately with linoleum and woodblock prints, Yingst prints from an obsolete Showcard proof press, while larger works are burnished by hand. He incorporates multiple blocks for color, occasionally creating reduction prints from the same block, and also using his painting skills to apply watercolor over oil based prints.
His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, including Janus Corp., Denver, CO; Epic Systems, Milwaukee, WI; Purdue University; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC; College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL; Pensacola State College and the Cinco Banderas Northwest Florida Arts Council Collection, Pensacola, FL.