Born near Bayreuth, Bavaria on March 22, 1864. Kress came to the U.S. in the 1880s to avoid the military draft. For a few years he lived and painted in Pittsburgh, PA before establishing a billboard company in Kansas City. In 1905 he settled in San Francisco into a studio at 2166 Market Street. Shortly after the disaster of 1906 he became the president of the Sign, Scene & Pictorial Painters Union. With his son, Fred, he painted scenery in the local theatres, restaurants, etc. He painted a few small landscapes in his leisure. Kress died in San Francisco on July 5, 1919.
Source: Edan Hughes, author of the book "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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