"Keys of the Wilderness: New Paintings by Philip Koch" opens Wednesday, Jan. 14 and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Coastal Carolina University's art gallery.
Philip Koch, a teacher at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, has a distinguished national reputation as a painter. Koch's work has been exhibited in leading art galleries throughout the country for more than two decades. Most recently, he has had solo exhibitions at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Ind., the University of Maryland in College Park, and the Lyons-Wier Gallery in Chicago. His works are also part of the Art in Embassies Program in Bemako, Mali.
Daily hours for the show in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, located in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities, are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed weekends and holidays. The reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
This exhibition reflects his perceptions on humanity's place in nature and our relationship to time. "His work is not only about realism and a moment in time,"says gallery director Will Hipps. "It is also about timelessness and a connection with contemplation and feelings.
Koch, the great-grandson of John Wallace, a Scottish landscape painter, and the grandson of John Capstaff, the inventor of the original Kodachrome color film process, is a native of Rochester, N.Y., and spent several important formative years in the Midwest where he began painting. Originally an abstract painter, he became inspired by such artists as Edward Hopper, Grant Wood and Charles Burchfield and began to paint in a more realistic manner. While a graduate student at Indiana University where he received his MFA in painting, he also discovered the 19th century painters of the Hudson River School.
For more information, call Coastal's Department of Visual Arts at 234-2700.