By Katy Cowan
American artist Andrea Kowch has been described as “a powerful voice emerging, demonstrating a highly sensitive consciousness that informs a culturally-laced symbolism”. Her paintings are rich in mood, allegory, and precision of medium – reflecting a wealth of influences from Northern Renaissance and American art to the rural landscapes and vernacular architecture of her native Michigan.
The inspiration behind her artworks “stem from life’s emotions and experiences, resulting in narrative, allegorical imagery that illustrates the parallels between human experience and the mysteries of the natural world. The lonely, desolate American landscape encompassing the paintings’ subjects serves as an exploration of nature’s sacredness and a reflection of the human soul, symbolising all things powerful, fragile, and eternal. Real yet dreamlike scenarios transform personal ideas into universal metaphors for the human condition, all retaining a sense of vagueness to encourage dialogue between art and viewer.”
Born in Detroit in 1986, she attended the College for Creative Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in 2009, double majoring in Illustration and Art Education. Now living in Michigan, Andrea paints full-time, and serves as an adjunct professor at the College for Creative Studies. She is represented exclusively by RJD Gallery in New York. Discover more of her intriguing paintings at andreakowch.com.
Via direct submission | All images courtesy of Andrea Kowch