6:10 PM EST, January 14, 2013
The Singer Society, the volunteer association of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, held its monthly meeting Jan. 10 in the museum’s Bowman Gallery.
Showing examples of his work, the guest speaker was Philip Koch, a modernist-influenced American landscape artist.
Based in Baltimore, and a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, Koch travels to New England and upstate New York to paint in the same locations that inspired Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and the Hudson River School artists he admires.
Koch is the great-grandson of John Wallace, a Scottish landscape painter, and the grandson of John Capstaff, the inventor of the first commercially available color film, Kodachrome.
Despite his family link to photography, Koch is committed to working from only direct observation or memory, rather than from photographs. Thirteen American art museums hold Koch’s paintings in their permanent collections.
From 2008 to 2012, eight art museums and art centers exhibited the nationally traveling exhibition “Unbroken Thread: The Art of Philip Koch” organized by University of Maryland University College.
George Billis Gallery in New York is holding its second solo exhibit of Koch’s work.