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April Issue 2006
Fountainside Gallery in Wilmington, NC, Features Works by Andre Kohn
Andre Kohn, known for producing vibrant figurative paintings and deeply moving graphite drawings of Native Americans, will present a select collection of his most recent work at the Fountainside Gallery located in Lumina Station in Wilmington, NC. This show features work inspired by his recent sabbatical in France. The show will open Apr. 14 and continue through Apr. 30, 2006. Kohn's dramatic yet romantic style captures the poetry and mystery of the human figure and commands us all to pause a moment and appreciate the inherent beauty in those around us.
Kohn is frequently commissioned for both private and public works. His paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Russia, Korea, Canada, Australia, Japan and in more than 100 US collections, including the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California, and Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Born in Stalingrad, Kohn moved to Moscow and attended the Moscow Pedagogical University, where he received immediate recognition for his talent. While there he was introduced to many well know Russian Artists, among them Antony Sofev, who exerted a profound influence on his style. In 1992, Kohn immigrated to the United States. Here he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University at Montgomery. Today he resides in Arizona.
His recent invitation to France was to study at the exclusive Studio Escalier under renowned artists: Tim Stolz, Michelle Tully and Ted Seth Jacobs. Kohn says of his experience in the workshop, " I was in love with and, a few weeks later addicted to, the search for the path of the human figure's lines and form. While studying fine art at Moscow University, where I was trained classically, the whole approach to drawing the human figure was introduced to me as a more strict and mathematical exercise. The philosophy of Tim Stotz's teaching on the human figure, however, has an enormous metaphorical and symbolic power with a deep poetic outline."
Kohn goes on to say, "Tim inspires his students to a quick realization that we are here to grow together and individually towards our most beloved passion - searching, interpreting, creating, and immortalizing the human figure. The terms of rhythm, line of gravity, contraposto, amplitude, radiance, axis, action, tilt, pitch, sequence of form, refraction, proximity, active vs. passive, positive shapes vs. negative, foreshortening and balance were stressed over and over again."
" The second term of the course was taught by Michelle Tully, adding her delicate approach to the topics of value, hue, and chroma. And if that wasn't enough ,Ted Seth Jacobs himself, the 'perpetrator' of it all with his 60 years of experience of art education, stepped in and gave students his ultimate wisdom and advice."
The body of work Kohn has produced since his return has received tremendous attention. Fountainside Gallery will be showcasing a select collection of these pieces.
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