Jan Kossen

Contemporary Art Gallery

Amy Chan

2015

CV/BIO

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Cross Colorway
2015

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2015

Artists Statement

My paintings are fragments of nature multiplied into bizarre abstraction. With an

interest in historic pattern, protozoa, coral reefs and outer space, I build a vocabulary of

shapes that relate to the natural world but are never clearly real. I research historic

color palettes and find satisfaction in garish combinations that refer to the familiar

the culture of cheap plastic goods and pop nostalgia. I often work on multiple pieces at

once, combining energetic layers of gouache, acrylic, airbrush and screen print. The

paintings draw from design history to invent their own stylized language of forms from

nature. This in conversation with exaggerated shapes and a joyously artificial color

palette help to stage a darkly humorous view of the natural world.