(Munich, b. Germany)
‘You see, what you see’
German painter ASTRID KOHLER combines old and new in her latest series Conflux. Artwork includes 19th century German portraits which have been over-painted with Kohler's imaginative and playful images of perched birds and jumping baby ducks. Antique pastoral backgrounds have been layered with contemporary additions of leafy shoots of bamboo, and outlines of stylized, gold clouds.
Her still life paintings, some of which are layered with epoxy, are visually accentuated with dramatic pops of color, unexpected narrative elements and oftentimes contain animated wildlife. Her ten piece series "fucking Vogelkonig" features delicate birds masterly painted with a three-haired brush and then crowned with neon orange headdresses which juxtapose the artist's incredible technical ability as a realist painter with fluid, gestural lines and attitude.
Kohler seeks new ways of arranging space and blending old and new to create tension for her creative inspiration.. She is represented by Morton Fine Art in Washington, DC.