Magical, Figurative Realism
My friend Sue Malloy posted one of Andrea Kowch’s paintings on Facebook the other day and I was smitten right away. To me, her style is of the Flemish masters combined with a sense of Hitchcock meeting up with Philip C. Curtis along with some Andrew Wyeth influence tossed in for good measure.
Kowch states her pictures “serve as metaphors for the human condition, all retaining a sense of vagueness because I wish to encourage viewers to form their own conclusions, despite the fact that my main idea will always be present.”
She goes on to say, “As a people, we share a common thread, and as active participants in an ever-changing modern world, the purpose of my work is to remind viewers of these places that we feel no longer exist, and to recognize and honor them as a part of our history that is worth preserving. Symbolic explorations of the soul and current events concerning our environment are expressed through the incorporation of animals and other elements of the natural world to transform personal ideas into universal metaphors.”
Her website states that Kowch resides and works in Michigan where she paints full-time, and serves as an adjunct professor at the College for Creative Studies. She is represented exclusively by RJD Gallery in New York.