Gerd Koch (1929-2020) - Wind Laced - Abstract Oil On Canvas - 1962 P2870
Big and very beautiful, painted in a furious impasto giving it a presence and a strong sense of movement the photos can only do part-justice to, by a giant of California painting. Shown by the Esther Robles Gallery.
Measures 40" x 36", framed 40 3/4" x 36 7/8".
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Born in Michigan, Gerd Koch became a painter and art teacher in California, where he settled in Ventura. He earned a BFA degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and an MFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
In 1998, on the campus of California State University at Camarillo, he co-founded Studio Channel Islands Art Center, which was a large area with four galleries, a sculpture garden and studios for thirty artists. As a board member, he curated exhibitions, many which were huge paintings. He also curated a John Nava Exhibition of 30 to 40 large tapestry studies and paintings for a Cathedral project.
Koch was an original member of the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1958. From 1960 to 1961, he was Professor of Painting and Drawing at Ventura College, and then held the same position from 1967 until retirement in 1999.
Memberships include the National Watercolor Society, which he served three times as elected Juror for the International Annual Exhibition. He was made an Honorary member of the Ventura Art Association.
In 1998, Gerd Koch, a resident of Ventura and a 60-year veteran of the Southern California art community, helped to transform the 22,000 square feet of what was once the art therapy unit of the old Camarillo State Hospital (now CSUCI) into a thriving independent, non-profit working artist studio complex and art galleries. Koch’s solid reputation as an artist and teacher helped in recruiting respected artists for Studio Channel Islands Art CenterÂªs first exhibitions.
Koch arrived in Ojai in 1952, founded an art commune and became known for his abstract impressionist works. When promoting Studio Channel Islands, he used his extensive contacts in the art world and has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions for our galleries as well as served as judge for our juried shows. He brought the work of internationally recognized artists to Studio Channel Islands Art Center.
Gerd traveled extensively in order to continually experience the riches of the artistic capitals of the world. By putting together informal worldwide tours in which he acts as historian and guide, Gerd consistently made a point of traveling with other people who are willing to watch, listen, and learn; thereby sharing the world with anyone willing to join him.
In 2011 and 2012, the Gerd Koch and Carole Milton Grants for Professional Artists of Ventura County gave four $3,000 grants to visual artists in the community. This groundbreaking program is the only grant of its kind intended for Ventura County professional visual artists, funded by proceeds from the sale of Gerd and Carol’s works of art.
In September 2013, Gerd Koch and his partner Carole Milton showed their works at the Gallery in a joint solo show titled TogetherÂ.
Gerd Koch is listed in Who's Who of American Artists, Who's Who of American Educators and Who's Who in America and was recently awarded with the Art Star Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Ventura County Arts Council.