Andrea Kowch, “Flame,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 10 x 10 inches

Collectors are flying in from across the globe to New York to take advantage of an opportunity to meet this emerging American Master and bask in the unveiling of her nine newest paintings.

RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, is expecting huge crowds for this weekend’s opening reception for “Into the Wind,” a solo exhibition of nine new acrylics by acclaimed realist painter Andrea Kowch. On Saturday, August 26, the artist will be on hand for the opening. All nine paintings have pre-sold even though her collectors have yet to see the works.

Andrea Kowch, “Night Watch,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 8 inches
Andrea Kowch, “Gust,” 2017, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 14 inches

A number of limited edition signed prints will also be available during the opening reception. Of her newest works, Kowch suggested, “Inspired by memories, inner emotions, history and my fascination with nature and the human psyche, the stories behind my paintings stem from life’s emotions and experiences, resulting in narrative, allegorical imagery that illustrates the parallels between human experience and the mysteries of the natural world.”

“Into the Wind” will remain on view through October 1. To learn more, visit RJD Gallery.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the Editor of Fine Art Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I never understood why artists living in the camera/ iphone/computer age would want to paint images that can be produced using such media. It begs to question, is architectural skill that mimics the camera talent and artistic expression? It’s understandable why the pre-camera artists struggled to reproduce realism, to be a camera. I fail to see the point of painting camera realism in todays world when the artist is free to go beyond the static camera images.

    • I agree fully with Ms. Buckman. I think your comment is really questioning how one defines art and creativity in general. The way I try to approach the topic with my studies is breaking it down to 1) Art is an ability/skill 2) Art is a process and 3) Art is a product. Limiting ourselves to a mechanical tool such as a camera just because it’s available I think unfairly undermines the act of creation/process—arguably the most important aspect of art other than content. Should sculptors stop sculpting because of the advent of 3D printing?

      Ask yourself: Is art only about expression and communication? If so, how is it expressed or communicated?Even if art is, in your opinion, first and foremost about the IDEA or MESSAGE, it still must be communicated in some way, correct? As of now, we only have 5 ways of communicating with one another—sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. In this way, process must be given its due respect because any form of communication/expression involves the manipulation of materials. This is because all have some component that engages one—or multiple—senses.

      Fundamentally, most would agree that art is a visual form of communication/expression. I think if visual artists followed your logic it would ultimately result in the death of it completely. In the not-too-distant future, technology will get to the point when mechanical tools can visually reproduce just about anything—perhaps even our infinite variety of emotions and thoughts. What then will be the point of creating anything?

  2. So what are you saying? There shouldn’t be realistic paintings any longer because of cameras? You are missing the unique story telling in her work along with her tremendous painting skills! Maybe a blank canvas with a splatter of paint is more to your liking.

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