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  • Art Confidential: In the studio with Filmer Kewanyama

    May 7, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Confidential, Portfolio2,959 CommentsRead More »

    By Angie Johnson-Schmit It’s not unusual for artists to have studios near or in their homes. Nor is it unusual for them to eat where they work. Working where they eat … that’s another story. “I tried working in the garage a couple times,” offers Prescott artist Filmer Kewanyama, but he preferred the dining room table. Kewanyama’s airy, modern living room is full of art. Paintings are on the walls. A sculpture, too. Crafts, some intended as gifts, rest on a side table. Prints of Kewanyama’s work lean against its side. The colors are vibrant, the images simple and powerful. The real studio action is in the dining room, though. The table is covered with art supplies. Big plastic tubs of liquid acrylic sit atop a bookshelf within easy reach. There are two easels on display, but they’re just for display. “I don’t paint like the traditional artist, standing in front of the easel,” Kewanyama says. He paints the way he was taught at home. “We cradle our artwork,” Kewanyama explains. This can be challenging for larger works, but it’s necessary for him to use small, detail brushes. Sitting on a chair next to him is small TV. Kewanyama points to it and laughs. “I have two televisions. … I usually have this one on when I’m working.” Not that he watches it. It’s on because he doesn’t like working

  • Art Confidential: In the studio with Dana Cohn

    Mar 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Art Confidential, Portfolio23 CommentsRead More »

    One step over the threshold of Dana Cohn’s home leads directly into the heart of his art studio. The front room that doubles as the Prescott artist’s studio is small but organized. From the table loaded with books and bits picked up from nature walks, to the portable work lamps attached to the ceiling, it’s obvious this space is devoted to creative work. An enormous, glass-topped taboret (i.e. an artist’s cabinet and workstation) dominates the room. Oil paints are already squeezed onto the palette and clean brushes are within reach. A small picture of an elephant is taped to one of workstation legs. It’s upside down — a residual reference for a previous painting. Cohn’s artistic style is difficult to pin down. Most of his work looks like a collage of painted images, each one a fragment of his passion for nature, art, and the internal landscape. Cohn’s art is a cross between surrealism and hyper-realism; it creates a dreamlike snapshot of inner and outer universes. “I like conceptual art, minimalism, all of that. … It’s not something that I’ve ever done,” Cohn says. “I love it all, because it’s all connected.” His pieces often incorporate elements of works by Renaissance and early art masters, animals, and Prescott’s landscapes. Cohn is adept at photo-realism, but it’s not unusual to find abstractions and aspects of different painting techniques within a single

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