Tangerine in a Silver Cup, oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches, 2012
Oranges and Ceramic Jars, oil on linen, 14 x 16 inches, 2013
Pear, Cheese, Grapes, Walnuts, Glass, oil on linen, 12 x 10 inches, 2013
Roses, Lilacs, Letters, oil on linen, 14 x 18 inches, 2013
Roses, Silver Vase, Grapes, Apples, oil on linen, 12 x 12 inches, 2013
I am fascinated by the unending beauty of nature and how ordinary objects and organic shapes are revealed in light; the still life genre allows me to explore these curiosities further. All of my paintings are studied from life and most of the fruits and vegetables used in each painting were grown in the family garden or purchased from local farmers markets. Oil is my medium of choice to transmit light. It is the medium most suited to capture the unique qualities of nature. Oil painting allows me to be free with the brush, yet also encourages the finest detail. I thoroughly enjoy the process of painting, and understand the importance of preparing one’s own materials by following the traditions and methods of the Old Masters.
About the Artist
Jonathan Koch was born in Santa Cruz, California in 1971, and raised in an artistic family in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He has exhibited his paintings and artwork at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York, Ann Long Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina, Peter Walker Fine Art in South Australia, and John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. His work is embraced by a distinguished collector base dispersed throughout the United States and abroad. Jonathan engaged in formal studies at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California from 1989-1992, and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island from 1992-1994, but nature continues to serve as both his instructor and greatest inspiration.
Jonathan Koch’s artwork can be seen at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, California, in an exhibit opening Friday, July 12, with a reception for the artist from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This exhibit runs through August 3rd, 2013, and the paintings may also be viewed at the John Pence Gallery website. Work is also available at Jonathan Koch Studio, the artist’s own website.