Ryan Kohler is a young local artist who recently joined Maine Art Hill. He has several works in the Gallery on West Avenue, and he has already been sold. Visit his artist page to see all his work or to visit. We are open at 10 a.m. every day.
Like all new artists, we love spending a few minutes to talk a little about them. It is important for our clients and visitors to have an idea about the artist when you look at his work.
View of the artist Ryan Kohler
“I always say that I have been painting and have been painting since I was tall enough to hold a pencil. Fortunately, my parents, grandparents have always been very encouraged by my interest in art. They even let me paint directly on the walls and ceilings of my bedroom, ”Kohler shares. “As a child, I tried to copy the covers of my favorite albums and T-shirts. He taught me a lot in design and laid the foundation for some pretty cool paintings later. ”
Kohler holds a bachelor of arts degree in drawing from the University of Maine in August. Throughout his student years, many mediums were practiced, but one constantly stepped forward.
“During my degree in art, I was subjected to all kinds of painful experiments with various environments,” Kohler jokes. “I knew that no matter which path I chose to engage in art, drawing would still be an appropriate skill, so I took almost all the art lessons that were there, sometimes reluctantly, but painting was always my favorite.”
If painting was his favorite outlet, acrylic was his first love. He grew up in acrylic painting and used it for most of his college work.
“Acrylic has its own charms, but my favorite artists have always worked in oil. Soon I learned to work in oil. Now I find myself very comfortable with both environments, but recently I found a great way to combine them, ”Kohler shares.
The first or two layers of his current work are acrylic. It works fast and easy. It comes naturally. As soon as the picture is in a “good place”, he switches to oils and continues to build the texture, adding and removing freely applied color layers before finally determining the focal points of the picture with clear graphic lines. The end result is something else and interesting.
When it comes to inspiration, Kohler is more like a classic.
“I am actively seeking inspiration. I do not expect a "divine visionary moment" or anything like that. Just an old study, ”says Kohler. "I am constantly looking for new favorite artists, looking for new objects for painting or aimlessly eating and go hunting for what excites me."
And finally, we would like to talk a little about how Kohler himself views art and how to process his own works.
“Everyone approaches a painting with its own approach, but at first I like to see the painting as an abstract work first. “I look at the composition, the texture of the paint, the general shapes and colors, as well as the temperature, before checking for recognizable images,” Kohler explains. “I want the viewer to see my work as an unreliable mixture of careful observation and spontaneous creation of marks. “My picture seems to work best when I can find the most interesting ratio of the two.”
However, this last piece of advice for those who come to see his work may be most helpful.
“If it matches the couch, fine. It's not that art cannot match furniture, ”says Kohler. “However, if you are worried about this, take a new damn couch. In any case, be sure to ask the most important question. “Does the painting bring you joy?”