Po­etic Mo­ments

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Last summer, just be­fore head­ing out on a trip to Italy, An­dre Kohn re­ceived an in­quiry from Jones & Ter­williger Gal­leries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Cal­i­for­nia, about a solo exhibition for 2018. With the show in mind— and al­ready trav­el­ing there for in­spi­ra­tion and to ac­quire new ma­te­ri­als—Kohn cre­ated a new se­ries of works around a theme he calls Mo­menti d’Italia. He says, “Col­lec­tors and art lovers will see the mo­ments of Italy through my eyes and my lan­guage of cre­ative in­ter­pre­ta­tion, us­ing the hu­man fig­ure in its in­fi­nite ges­tures and char­ac­ters.”

Through­out the exhibition will be scenes from his on­go­ing se­ries but with the world of Italy all around. The metropolitan life­style is re­flected in pieces such as Fash­ion­istas and Stilet­tos, which both de­pict “stylish, con­fi­dent women walk­ing down the street in vin­tage clothes.” He also was in­spired by the wine of the re­gion, which shows it­self in Rhap­sody on a Theme of Rogue & Vin­tage Bordeaux.

“One of to­day’s most col­lected con­tem­po­rary im­pres­sion­ists, An­dre Kohn’s fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings en­chant our col­lec­tors with their in­ti­macy and fa­mil­iar­ity,” say gallery own­ers Pa­tri­cia Ter­williger and Bar­bara Jones, who are cel­e­brat­ing their 21st year in busi­ness. “Us­ing tex­ture and lay­ers of

pig­ment, he cap­tures a sin­gu­lar po­etic mo­ment in time.”

This use of tex­ture and lay­ers has be­come a sig­na­ture el­e­ment of Kohn’s artis­tic style, with the tex­tures ap­plied even be­fore he starts to draw on the can­vas. “This adds so many in­trigu­ing el­e­ments to the paint­ing process later,” Kohn elab­o­rates, “in­clud­ing those ‘happy ac­ci­dents’ that we, the ex­pres­sion­ists, are look­ing for. Not to men­tion, it makes the whole process so much more ex­cit­ing.”

An­other char­ac­ter­is­tic of Kohn’s paint­ings is the fig­ures’ faces are ob­scured from the viewer, al­low­ing them to fin­ish the nar­ra­tive in their own minds. Many of his com­po­si­tions also show the backs of fig­ures, as he “wants the view­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence the world with the sub­jects in the mo­ments.”

The exhibition will be on view May 10 to 31, with an artist re­cep­tion on Satur­day, May 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Jones & Ter­williger Gal­leries

Sixth Av­enue be­tween San Car­los & Dolores Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 92260 • (831) 626-9100 www.jones-ter­williger-gal­

1 Fash­ion­istas, 24 x 15"

2 Stilet­tos, 36 x 12"

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