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New Shaped Canvases and Recent Paintings by Jeff Kahm – Now Represented By David Richard Gallery


New shaped Canvases and Recent Paintings

Jeff Kahm, Transformation No.1, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 99" x 78" x 3.25”

Jeff Kahm, Transformation No.2, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 99" x 78" x 3.25”

Jeff Kahm, Utterance, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 44" x 44"

Jeff Kahm, Converse No. 5, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 90" x 90" x 3.5”

Jeff Kahm, Messenger, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 70" x 70"

About Jeff Kahm:

L. Jeff Kahm of Plains Cree and non-Native descent was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1990 to study painting and photography and soon after was awarded a painting scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute and earning a BFA in 1994. He continued graduate studies at the University of Alberta earning an MFA in painting in 1997.

In 2002, Jeff returned to New Mexico, a land that he has grown to love and where he now calls home. He became a permanent resident in 2003 and soon began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts as a visiting faculty member. Today he is an associate professor at IAIA where he teaches studio art courses at the intermediate and advanced levels.

His landmark exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012), Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013) and Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe (2016) highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas – work he describes as ‘rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics'. His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows nationally and internationally.

Artist’s Statement:

I started exploring abstract work in the early nineties during undergraduate studies, where I was introduced to various art movements of Western art history including the tenets of modernism. Modernist practices, which set aside artistic traditions of the past in favor of experimentation, piqued my interest at the time. Although the age of modern painting began in the 19th century I was particularly drawn to work produced in the latter half of the 20th century, particularly Color Field painting, Geometric Abstraction and the work of the New York School. My fascination with modern and contemporary art practices consumed me even through graduate studies and continues to this day. Importantly, my interest in Indigenous art history (pre-Modern art) is another component crucial to my research of non-objective art which includes recognizing parallels and similarities between Indigenous abstraction and the modern art aesthetic.

Please contact the gallery for additional information, high resolution images and prices.

Artworks: Copyright © Jeff Kahm

David Richard Gallery, LLC 211 East 121 ST | New York, NY 10035 P: (212) 882-1705

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