"Using Middle America as her muse, Kowch draws the history of a particular place -- invariably rural -- to the surface as it collides with a new reality in layers of metaphor and moodiness. The faces of her women may remind you of characters in a Tim Burton film."
--Steve Parks, Newsday

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Work now represented by NY gallery!

I am extremely excited and pleased to announce that I am now represented by the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in New York! I am so excited and honored to now be represented and shown among a series of exceptional artists, including Jamie Wyeth (yes, the Jamie Wyeth!) and modern master and Spectrum award winner Donato Giancola. It's going to be a busy next few months ahead of me as I begin full-time work on 15 new paintings to be shown out in The Hamptons this summer, and I am looking forward to it, entirely! I am also scheduled to take part in major art events later this year as well, and will keep you all posted as those dates near.

You can check out the gallery's website at http://www.rjdgallery.com/, and click on my name located under "Gallery Artists" to see my page, and the work that is available at this time. Please note that if you are interested in purchasing any work, you must now contact the gallery.

I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support of my work, and look forward to this next endeavor as I bring lots of new works your way! Can't wait! :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New version of website now launched

Just an update to let you all know that a brand new version of andreakowchillustration.com is now up and running. Check it out! It's the official one-stop shop for everything - news, updated portfolios, links to my various other online profiles, photos, free downloads, and an online store that will open in the near future, featuring limited edition prints. Please be sure to join my mailing list to receive updates and information on future exhibitions, and be sure to check back often for new additions to the site.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

I, along with other artists from all over the world recently completed sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Project, a project that's goal is to create a giant collective of sketchbooks from around the globe, and make it accessible to everyone. The sketchbooks will go on a nationwide gallery tour across the US, and afterwards be permanently housed in the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, NY. Visitors will receive library cards and be able to view the books at exhibitions around the country.

I am very excited to be a part of this! I have never been one to fill sketchbooks from front to back, as I usually only use them to work out my processes for final paintings and illustrations. So, I decided to take part in this in order to make myself go back to the basics, try out some new techniques, and simply free myself up a bit and allow my imagination to run where it wanted to. It was extremely refreshing and a healthy challenge for the creative process.

So, enjoy a little peek into my quirky mind, and be sure to check out a few more here on Flickr, or MyArtspace. The rest will have to be seen in person :) Each artist was assigned a theme, and mine was It's Not Easy Being Green. Make of it what you will! I decided to take the phrase loosely, allowing it to encompass not only "green" objects and such, but the broader scope of connotations that "green" carries for us in this day and age - our planet. Here are the cities and official tour dates:

January 29 - 30, 2010
Art House Gallery
309 Peters St
Atlanta, GA 30313

February 19 - 21, 2010
303 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

March 5, 2010
Laconia Gallery
433 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 2118

March 6, 2010
Brooklyn Art Library (Grand Opening Party)
201 Richards Street #16
Brooklyn, NY 11231

April 8 - 11, 2010
Art and Shelter Gallery at The Salvation Army Alegria
2737 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

April 16 - 18, 2010
Soulard Art Market
2028 S. 12th St
Saint Louis, MO 63104

May 7 - 9, 2010
Home Gallery
1407 E. 54th Place
Chicago, IL 60615