Since his first real art show at the age of 19, Andre Kohn has remained loyal to traditional, representational figurative expressionism. “I always said that I look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, in my own perhaps poetic way, but it is so much more than that,” Kohn says. “My favorite quote by Nicolai Fechin says, ‘What an artist fills his canvas with is not so important. What is always important is how he does it.’”
Following in the footsteps of Russian and French impressionism, Kohn has found the journey to be the most exciting part. He acquired classical art training in three different countries, and while he was there he experienced the cultures by walking the streets where the masters did. “It led me to such a strong and profound passion, with all the achievements I am privileged to acknowledge today,” he says. In his work, Kohn has experimented with different ways to build up texture, tried new and rare colors, contemporary presentations, better quality framing and even now uses eco-friendly varnish. “However, figurative subject matter won me over when I was still young. It was challenging and had infinite resources,” the artist explains. “It was complex. I was hooked.”
Kohn also says, “Self-expression is one of the essential building blocks to achieving happiness! Perhaps cliché to some, but to me proven year after year. Frankly, I am more now, than even 30 years ago—at the age of 16—genuinely excited about, and constantly improving, the creative process.”
Kohn’s paintings and drawings can be found at his gallery, Andre Kohn Fine
Art, in Scottsdale, Arizona, along with the artwork of several other artists.
In the Dressing Room, drawing, 22 x 22"
The Day Off, Marseille #2, oil, 42 x 15"
It Takes Two, oil, 40 x 40"