Scott Kahn

In The Studio

November 13 - December 3, 2020

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BC Projects is pleased to present In The Studio: Scott Kahn introducing six works that embody his unique approach to landscape painting. Scott Kahn (b. 1946) is an artist known for his powerful dreamscapes, rich use of colour and wonderful attention to detail. Memory plays an incredibly important role in Kahn’s practice, with most of his works referencing places he has visited or lived. The psychological verve that he approaches his subject matter is incredible. A constant balancing act of light, shadow, detail and confusion, Kahn captures not just locations, but emotions too. With a fluidity of skill and confidence, fine layers of oil are applied on linen that add to the powerful impact of each work.

Kahn’s influences are wide, having worked throughout the 1970s, he entered the world of Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko and Edward Albee. His eclectic mentorships from artists of such high regard contributes to his hallmark poetic and honest style of painting. With art historical influences such as Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon and Otto Dix, to name a few, Kahn’s work is a unique product of a fascinating and rich life. Possessing the precision of line as artists such as René Magritte and the emotional depth of Dora Maar and Salvador Dali, there is a strong undercurrent of the surreal to Kahn’s distinctive style of painting.

‘Kahn, who has been translating ambiguous emotional and psychological states into quietly surreal landscapes and interiors for decades, offered insights into how we might endure and even appreciate a lonelier world.’

- Zoë Lescaze, Artforum, 2020 -

Scott Kahn received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 and his MFA from Rutgers University in 1970. He has been awarded grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and has taken part in residencies and retreats at the Albee Foundation, Montauk; and the Mosaic Colony, Southampton. Recent exhibitions include The Circus Has Been Cancelled, Harper’s Books, NY (2020); Sit Still: Self-Portrait in the Age of Distraction, Anna Zorina Gallery, NY (2020); BIG PAINTING, curated by Jonathan Travis, Patrick Parrish Gallery, NY (2019); Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, NY (2019); Oh Beautiful, The American Landscape, curated by Dee Shapiro, National Arts Club, NY (2019). The artist had a 25 year association with Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery in New York, where Kahn had seven solo exhibitions. Additionally, his exhibition history includes a 2004 retrospective at Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Kahn is currently based in New Rochelle, New York.

Scott Kahn (detail)