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Kohshin Finley

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Lives in
Los Angeles


Otis College of Art and Design, 2012

painting, abstract, figurative, mixed-media, traditional


Kohshin is currently in Los Angeles, CA. He received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. 

Los Angeles’ graffiti covered walls and sign-lettered awnings are as artistically inspiring to Kohshin as the classic works of the Renaissance. Just as a songwriter tells stories through rhythm and melody, he tells his stories with brushes and paint. The subjects of these paintings are captured in a vulnerable state of being, at their most honest and revealing. Poems and short tales are written in diaristic scrawls throughout the paintings as if the characters wrote them. Kohshin creates paintings in this way to showcase his own vulnerabilities, and to give the viewer permission to discover something about themselves when viewing his paintings. Kohshin utilizes traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary text-based imagery to communicate a character’s emotional travels; where they were; where they are; and where they will be.

Recent Exhibits

Kohshin Finley participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2016 Portraits of Friends
Modern Eden Gallery
Jul, 2015 Make Their Gold Teeth Ache - Curated by Jordan Weber
Moberg Gallery
Jul, 2014 The Bridge Between Us
11:11 ACC Gallery
Jun, 2014 I Heart LA
Jeanie Madsen
Apr, 2014 Bright Ideas
Gabba Gallery
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