A little video peek inside Oyster from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.
A little video peek inside Pear from artist Ryan Kohler. Click to view.
This show is a must-see in person, and all are welcome to Maine Art Hill to visit. Again, the opening is Saturday, July 22, at 10 AM, with an artist reception from 5-7 that evening. The show runs until August 16 and is open every day at 10 AM. FMI 207-967-2803 or maine-art.com/shows.
Three Maine Art Hill artists arrive for Week Seven of Spring Arrivals. Below you will see a thumbnail of each piece. Click to make it larger. Works from these three artists are available online and at the main gallery at 14 Western Ave in Kennebunk. Come by or call 207-967-2803. Links to their artist’s pages, where you can see all their work are at the bottom.
Each component added is like a revelation, revealing something that wasn’t as defined as before—the hull of a boat, a bird’s wing, the shadow’s edge. Sometimes I walk back and forth from my easel after each piece, carefully observing how the painting changes from a distance.
The result of this work is similar to palette knife oil paintings. Parallel with distinct planes of color and various shapes layered over each other. For Kohler, the paper’s advantage is the workability, clarity of color, and the ability to work in small areas without the risk of the muddiness that can sometimes come with an oil painting.
“Some would argue that a painting, just by being a painting, is automatically abstracted to a small degree, no matter how hyper-realistic it is. My work falls on the abstraction scale somewhere, sure, but where doesn’t matter to me.”
Ryan Kohler is one of the newest artists to join Maine Art Hill. In just a few years he has established a serious following. Clients come from all over to see his newest works, and they rarely stay with us long before we are shipping them off to their forever homes.
I’ve had great luck with just acrylic paintings over the years, and there’s nothing wrong with just stopping there, but I am always looking for ways to spice up my process, and incorporate new techniques to push my paintings into new territory.
“My work falls on the abstraction scale somewhere, sure, but where doesn’t matter to me. Tasteful expression matters to me.”