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Almine Rech

Scott Kahn

Scott Kahn (born 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American painter with a long exhibition history, primarily in New York, and abroad. Kahn draws inspiration from life and considers his oeuvre to be a visual diary of the world around him. His subject matter reflects the people and places which he experiences. Drawing from memory and imagination, his work has a dream-like, surreal quality.

Kahn's paintings are often imbued with a sense of nostalgia and a touch of the ethereal. They act as portals to his perspective, seizing transient scenes and securing them in paint.

His work is a harmonious blend of surrealism and realism. The surreal elements in Scott Kahn artwork often manifest in the form of dream-like landscapes and ethereal atmospheres, where the boundaries between the real and the imagined blur. These surreal aspects are balanced by a keen attention to detail and a commitment to realism, evident in the lifelike portrayal of objects and figures.

Moreover, Scott Kahn painter's creations often serve as windows into his own psyche, capturing the nuances of his thoughts and emotions. They are experiences that invite viewers into a world of emotional complexity and visual splendor.

Kahn has been a recipient of awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation and a residency at the Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk. His work is included in major corporations and two museums in China, including the Long Museum, and the ICA Miami in Florida. His work is in the collection of the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater.

Selected artworks

  • Scott Kahn,                                      The Blue Door, 2000

    Scott Kahn The Blue Door, 2000

    Oil on linen
    61 x 71.1 x 3.8 cm
    24 x 28 x 1 1/2 in

Scott Kahn in his Brooklyn studio, June 2021

Photo Tom Powell Imaging

Selected press