JACOB KOHN - Painter
Jacob Kohn is continually drawn back to the watery places of the natural world.
“I have returned time and again to the realism of nature as a subject because it provides me with a visual language that best expresses the abstract energy and emotional color that I find essential in my art,” Kohn said.
The shifting forms created by moving water, the vibrant plant-life colors, the rich contrasts of pattern and hue in nature, and the effects of light on water give this artist plenty of elements for inspiration.
"My primary visual interests are water and the phenomenal forms that reside upon and within the watery plane. I love the tension created by objects such as leaves and lily pads as they hug the surface. I am fascinated by the complicated levels of space created by trees, reeds, and other plants that are reflected in the water from above as they combine with vines, leaves, and fish looming just below the surface.
There is a painterly quality to these constantly shifting forms that allows me to mix and blend an endless variety of invented colors that create rich and satisfying contrasts of pattern and hue." Kohn explains.
"Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I wish to communicate my love of place and season to my viewer. I sense that I am depicting subjects that are very familiar to my audience, calling them to witness the sublime effects of light on water, freezing these moments in time and space."