Think of a time when just for a moment you were completely happy. When the pieces of your life fit together and made a wonderful sense.
Such intense emotions always have a setting. A painting can hold that place and recall for us for those feelings. I am painting places where I have experienced intense happiness.
My paintings are a contemporary re-imagining of the romantic panoramas of the 19th century American painters of the Hudson River School. These early painters found the New England mountains and coast a springboard to forge a powerful art. The land they painted seemed to them a new
In our time with its ecological degradation, the symbolic value of this Eden seems at once more remote and yet more urgently needed. Wilderness and the meeting of the land and the seas are among the most deeply buried chapters of our common origins. They are portraits of an all but forgotten part of ourselves. These paintings are a tool, a bit of practical magic to help the us reconnect with our natures and our deeper resources.
Vgorously painting and intensely hued, Philip Koch's paintings cast a contemporary look at the natural world. A former abstract painter, Koch wahs inspired by 19th century American landscape painting and by the work of Edwad Hopper to turn to working in a realist direction. In addition to his landscapes, the exhibit will include a group of paintings of the interior of Edward Hopper's Cape Cod studio made by Koch during his 14 residencies in the studio.