Traversing technique and style the same way he traverses the globe, Swedish-based painter Jan Kotka creates landscapes from exhilarating experiences around the world. His paintings touch on realism, Impressionism, and early Expressionism with a relaxed ease, not referencing any specific movement while still vividly reenacting scenes from his travels. Although often depicting wintry scenes in Scandinavia, Kotka’s palette and technique are warm and familiar, the result of years of study and a lifetime of painterly work.
Although well-versed in a wide range of media, Kotka sticks to oil and acrylic, painting wet-on-wet to capture the energetic essence in each painting. This particular style, combined with beautiful pastels, produces a remarkable sense of cohesion both in each painting and within the body of work as a whole, uniting through Kotka’s vision places as disparate as Stockholm and Zanzibar. Contrasting this sense of unity is an almost photographic sense of focus in each painting and a sense of compositional embellishment to visual memories. Freely applying artistic license, Kotka doesn’t just recreate the world, but he creates new ones all his own.