10/10/2012

Philip Koch

Philip Koch Entryway, Edward Hopper's Truro Studio Kitchen  oil on panel, 12 x 16" 2012


Philip Koch Edward Hopper's Easel  oil on panel, 7 1/2 x 10" 2011

The painter Philip Koch has completed 14 residencies at the Edward Hopper studio in South Truro, Cape Cod. You could say that Koch is a darn lucky soul to have had this time to live and paint in a place he describes as "dripping with art history", but if you follow his blog and read his insights on Hopper's work and life you might agree that the match is fitting. 

These two paintings were completed inside the Truro studio. As in many of Hopper's paintings of rooms with windows, Koch shows a striking contrast between indoors and out. These rooms are cool and contemplative in spirit, while the landscape out the windows is blazing with warmth, color and light. "Edward Hopper's Easel" shows the same wall and open door found in Hopper's "Rooms by the Sea" (1951). 

Philip Koch is primarily a landscape painter, and uses both saturated color and strong design to express his love for the New England landscape. Hopper's influence is deep, but Koch's work has an emotional force all his own.

Philip Koch outside the Edward Hopper Studio, Truro 
2010

 Edward Hopper outside his Truro Studio
Arnold Newman 1960

Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email me an image along with a few sentences about the work.  

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