William Eckhardt Kohler

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Artist’s Statement

My paintings are built from a merging of the languages of representation and abstraction with mythological overtones. I prefer to maintain a pictorial fluidity between the observed world, internal/symbolic content and the formal demands of each painting. This fluidity mirrors the act of painting as a give and take between artistic intent and what emerges. I hope to engage the viewer in a journey of discovery that is analogous both to the journey of making a painting and the journey of transformation in life.

William Eckhardt Kohler received a BFA (1985) from The Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA (1987) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. He lives and works in New York City while maintaining a second studio in Chicago. He has taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, American Academy of Art, Harold Washington College and Indiana University, Northwest. Several times a year he leads transformational retreats for men. Kohler is represented by Linda Warren Projects in Chicago.