To Collage or Not to Collage – Artist Insights from Ryan Kohler


July 22 – August 16

5 Chase Hill Rd. Kennebunk, Maine 04043

Once a straightforward lover of acrylics, through the years, artist Ryan Kohler has continuously tweaked, added, and changed his process. Sometimes the changes are only noticed by him. Sometimes they are noticed by all.

“I’m collaging a little less freely for this show. It’s more thoughtful and slowed down. It’s a good thing,” shares Kohler. “I’m always thinking about how each piece contributes to the overall image. The impact from ten or more feet away means more to me than anything today.”

Viewers must take a step or two and back away from Kohler’s work. The details, the effects, and the work in its entirety truly change depending on where you stand. It is a continuous decision to place each and every piece of collage, and the result is something more, something different.

“Once I begin with collage elements, the work looks more illustrative,” shares Kohler. “No one uses paper cutouts for realism, and I don’t expect to get that out of it either, so I try to lean into it and use it to my advantage as best I can.”

So how does he decide? Trial and error and a whole tray full of papers, each holding unknown possibility.

“My collage materials still come from the same fun places like album covers, movie posters, advertisements, so pretty much anything,” says Kohler. “Yet I’m using them in a less obvious way.”

Please wander into the show galleries at 5 Chase Hill in Kennebunk. We open every day at 10 AM. For hours and show details visit us on out home page at

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To see all available work from Ryan Kohler, click the link below.

Ryan Kohler –  ARTIST PAGE

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Ryan also has a collection of videos, including Secretly.

Ryan Kohler –  VIDEOS