Wednesday, July 20, 2011

John Mac Kah this weeks featured Artist from The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas

Ben Long

John Mac Kah
John Mac Kah is graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design and a rare native of Florida. His interest in drawing began when he was very young and he studied independently with professional artists as early as high school. He has been teaching since 1984 and since 1996, here in Asheville from his studio in the River Arts District. His paintings begin in the field on locations throughout the Southeast. His work can found in private and public collections in California, New York, London and throughout the southeast.
Of his work, he says: “Realist painting is about engaging with landscape, about creating context for our experience. It is to some degree a celebration of those places that survive in a wild state, at the edge just beyond the periphery of vision. I want to bring Nature back into focus, pay it deep attention, and ask the viewer to become more aware that we are losing so much, so fast. The skill is to translate these powerful visual moments with these very real and earthy materials — pigment, oil, canvas, wood, and hair — and create a link between artist, audience and Nature.
Visit John Mac Kah's web site: John's work is also available at the Fine Arts League Gallery located in the Historic Grove Arcade in Asheville, North Carolina

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