Now showing works on paper by
Santa Fe artist James Koskinas
Faces: fragments of noses, eyes, mouths, I’ve seen, remembered,
Rendered, a resemblance of Humanity, self portraits?
Horses, inspired by a chance meeting on a lonely desert highway.
Who is the rider? Who is the horse?
One transports, one guides.
Angels, they are of no false hope,
Built with the ferocity and beauty to fight for the world,
A warning of a commitment for life.
Ultimately all the images are telling a story, conveying both past and present.
James Koskinas is a painter, writer, actor and co-creator of the film, “The Twilight Angel,” as well as a play, “Even if The Mountains Burn.” He attended the College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland, California and has more recently studied with artists with Bob Winston, Robert Burridge, and Dean Howell.
Currently James lives works, paints and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Julie Schumer, also a painter.
The figure is James’ primary theme, part of his quest to know the human condition. He attempts to paint as automatically as possible which is intended to bring forth elements of his unconscious. He adds layers of paint until the original painting has been covered over many times, working at a rapid pace. He usually has more than one painting going at the same time. Influenced by Native American mythology, Koskinas sees the role of the artist as akin to that of a shaman, trusting his instincts and freeing the figure from the customary restraints that painting imposes.
A chance meeting with a lost stallion on a Arizona highway set in motion Koskinas’s lifetime obsession with painting horses. Lately he has added a rider to his horses. The riders have become self-portraits and a search for unity between the horse and man.
His large work on paper is loose and colorful. Textural on thick watercolor paper completely painted edge to edge and backed with a coat of gesso for extra stability. The paintings are captivating and we hope you will stop in soon to see them.