An­dre Kohn

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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"

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