Gideon Cohn


Artist Statement

Gideon Cohn at work

Gideon Cohn

“The figure has always been a source of inspiration for me. Its ever changing shapes, colors and lines have been a stimulus in my exploration process for 35 years. Figurative drawing and painting became my conduit to the beauty of sensuality, flow of spirit and the ties to earth.”

Artist Bio

Gideon CohnGideon was born in Sweden and immigrated with his parents to Israel. Growing up on a kibbutz, surrounded by raw nature as well as vast agricultural endeavors, it was only natural that Gideon was attracted to nature and the plant world which was very joyous and a source of inspiration for him.

He joined the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) serving for 3 years including the Six-Day War. In the early 70s he established his family life for a few years in Holland where he had two daughters; later returning to Israel with his family (which now included his third daughter) started pioneering farming with advanced technology in the Dead Sea region in Israel.

In 1983, Gideon moved with his family to southern California on a 2-year contract to develop raw desert along the Salton Sea into agriculture.

Though possessing a zest for art since early childhood, “serious art work” in the form of drawings and paintings started in the early 90’s.

While attending various classes in Art, Interior Design, Architecture and CAD, at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Gideon was drawing and painting in his studio, allowing for the initial shaping of the artist. Much of Gideon’s art created in the 21st century revolves around the human figure with a hint of surrealism and comes to form in charcoal/pastels on paper, oils on canvas and more recently some unique techniques he developed that sets him apart. Some of the art work incorporates other media such as wood, prints, and other material which provide a third dimension to the art.

Currently, besides his agricultural business, Gideon the artist has evolved in the art world, including owning an art gallery in Palm Springs, CA for 7 years (which meanwhile closed), a studio/gallery in La Quinta, CA and a gallery in Idyllwild, CA.  He is also curating art shows and for the last several years, jurying and judging for the La Quinta Arts festival (ranked #1 in the nation) as well as other shows. His art has been shown both in group and solo juried exhibitions in various galleries winning quite a few awards.

He is also involved in the community with nonprofit organizations promoting the art with youth, as well as preservation and conservation of the environment. He is the originator of the art component and has been the Art Director for the Healthy Family Foundation’s “Ophelia Project” in Palm Desert since 2009. This mentoring project encourages young middle and high school girls to achieve their full potential and to build up their self-esteem. It is a program involving some 750 girls in 15 schools and 3 school districts. 

His art can be viewed in his studio/gallery in La Quinta, CA by appointment, and in his gallery in Idyllwild, CA open Wed-Sun, 10-5, as well as in the seasonal Art on Main Street in Old Town, La Quinta and the upcoming Indian Wells Art Festival in the Tennis Gardens, Indian Wells, CA. 

GIDEON COHN: TECHNIQUE DESCRIPTION

Paintings

Many of the paintings are Oils on Canvas or Board. Some of the Canvases are stretched by the artist on self-made concaved shaped bars providing the illusion of depth to the painting. The Oils are mostly applied with brushes and sometimes with pallets or fingers, arms and other body parts. Most of these techniques are applied to life painting with models. 

Occasionally, other material is added, such as wood, papier-mâché, and other mixed media to provide with the “third dimension” to the two-dimensional art pieces.

Over the last few years he developed through progression a different technique which combines acrylic paint and pens which creates an illusion of 3rd dimension and gives a unique appearance to the art, which is primarily landscapes, seascapes and still life.

Some of the paintings are painted on various types of paper as well, with different media such as Oils, Acrylics and watercolors Sizes range from 8”X10” to 48”X60” and up.

Drawings
Most of the drawings are Charcoal and Dry Pastels on Art Paper (pastel, charcoal or watercolor paper). The Charcoals and Pastels are mostly applied by fingers, arms and other body parts, sometimes with brushed and other instruments. 

Some drawings are inks drawn/painted on various types of paper and other drawings are mixed media, with prints, watercolor, paper, inks, pastels and charcoals incorporated into the drawing. 

These techniques apply mostly to life drawing with models.

Sizes range from 8”X10” to 36”X48”. 


SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

  Exhibitions, Competitions, Shows and Awards – Gideon Cohn
DATE LOCATION ACCEPTED ART AWARDS
Feb-91 National Date Festival, Fine Arts Division, Indio, CA 6 Paintings & Drawings Second Place
May-91 Palm Springs Desert Museum, Fine Arts Creativity Award Program, Palm Springs, CA 1 Painting  
Feb-92 National Date Festival, Fine Arts Division, Indio, CA 6 Paintings & Drawings Third Place & Honorable Mention
Apr-92 Palm Springs Desert Museum, Fine Arts Creativity Award Program, Palm Springs, CA 1 Painting Second Place
Feb-93 San Bernardino County Museum, Fine Arts Institute, Redlands, CA 1 Painting Second Place
Feb-93 National Date Festival, Fine Arts Division, Indio, CA 6 Paintings & Drawings Best of Show, First Place & Two Honorable Mentions
Mar-93 San Bernardino County Museum, Fine Arts Institute, Redlands, CA 1 Painting  
Mar-93 Palm Springs Desert Museum, Artist Council Annual Show, Palm Springs, CA 1 Painting Second Place
May-93 Edward Dean Museum of Decorative Art, Cherry Valley, CA 3 Paintings  
Sep-93 San Bernardino County Museum, 28th Annual Exhibition, Redlands, CA 1 Painting  
Nov-93 San Bernardino County Museum, Exhibition # 67, Redlands, CA 1 Painting  
May-94 Palm Desert City Hall Faculty & Students Show (College of the Desert) 1 B/W Photo, 1 Sculpture, 1 Drawing  
Jul-94 Riverside Community College, Riverside CA (all CA Community Colleges) 1 Drawing Second Place
Nov-94 Palm Springs Artist Council , Hyatt regency Hotel, Palm Springs, CA 2 Drawings  
Feb-01 City of Palm Springs, Public Arts Commission, 3rd Annual Show 1 Drawing  
Feb-01 Hilb Center, College of the Desert, Drawing Show 1 Drawing  
Mar-01 Palm Desert Public Library, Single Artist Show  6 Drawings  
Nov-03 Grand Slam Gallery – One Man Show, Palm Desert, CA 20 Paintings & Drawings  
Mar-04 Desert Arts Classic Art Show, Indio, CA Drawings & Paintings  
2006-7 House 849 Gallery, Palm Springs, CA Drawings & Paintings  
Aug-07 4th Annual Hermosa Beach Art Walk at Hermosa Beach, CA Drawings & Paintings  
Oct-07 Affaire In The Gardens Art Show at Beverly Hills, CA Drawings & Paintings  
Jan-08 City of Palm Springs 10th Annual Juried Art Show  2 Paintings 1st Place in Mixed Media Division
Feb-08 Images By Gideon Fine Art Gallery, One Man Show – A Pregnancy Series Drawings & Paintings  
Mar-08 Images By Gideon Fine Art Gallery, One Man Show – Lines & Curves Drawings & Paintings  
Mar-08 An Evening of One Night Stands (donation to charity) 1 Painted Nightstand  
Apr-08 Images By Gideon Fine Art Gallery, One Man Show -Square Feet-Modular Art Giclee’s  
Apr-08 Curating exhibitions of many artists for years, Images By Gideon Fine Art Gallery All Media  
May-08 City of Palm Spring & Palm Springs Museum Altered Books Art Project  3 Mixed Media Paintings  
Jun-08 Hermosa Beach Art Walk Drawings & Paintings  
Oct-08 The Desert Woman’s Show, Indian Wells Drawings & Paintings  
Nov-08 One Man Show at OCEO, Palm Springs Drawings & Paintings  
Jan-09 City of Palm Springs 11th Annual Juried Art Show  2 Paintings  
Apr-09 Palm Springs Art Museum – 99 Bucks 1 Painting Donated for Fundraiser
Jun-09 Hermosa Beach Art Walk Drawings & Paintings  
2009-10 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director  
Jan-10 City of Palm Springs 12th Annual Juried Art Show  1 Painting  
Apr-10 Mission Federal Art Walk (San Diego) Drawings & Paintings  
Jun-10 Hermosa Beach Art Walk Drawings & Paintings  
2010-11 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
2011-12 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
Jun-12 Hermosa Beach Art Walk Drawings & Paintings  
Feb-12 La Quinta Art Festival Jury & Judge Jury & Judge  
Jul-12 Idylwild Art Festival Judge Jury & Judge  
2012-13 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
Feb-13 La Quinta Art Festival Jury & Judge Jury & Judge  
Mar-13 The Shed Gallery – Dana Point 5 Drawings Group show till Sept, 20, 2013
Apr-13 Ophelia Art at Indian Wells Art Festival, Indian Wells, CA Curating  
Jun-13 Archangel Gallery – Palm Springs 13 Paintings  
Jun-13 Idylwild Lemon Lily Art Festival Judge Judge One man show till April, 2014
2013-14 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
Feb-14 La Quinta Art Festival #1 in the nation Jury & judge Jurying & Judging  
Feb-14 Palm Desert City Hall Gallery 20 paintings  
Mar-14 La Quinta Art Festival Jury & Judge Judging  
Mar-14 Idylwild Art Festival Judge Judging  
Mar-14 SmArt Gallery, La Quinta, CA Painting  
Apr-14 Ophelia Art at Indian Wells Art Festival, Indian Wells, CA Curating  
Apr-14 ArtSpresso Gallery, Idyllwild, CA Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
May-14 Art alliance Idyllwild Judged art Show Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Aug-14 ArtSpresso Gallery, Idyllwild, CA Art Show Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Oct-14 Art Under the Umbrella Art Show Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Nov-14 La Quinta Museum Art Show Paintings  
Nov-14 Woman’s Show, Palm springs Silk Art  
Dec-14 La Quiinta Studio Art tour Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Nov-14 Woman’s Show, Palm springs Silk Art  
2014-15 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
Feb-15 La Quinta Art Festival #1 in the nation Jury & judge Jurying & Judging  
Apr-15 Ophelia Art at Indian Wells Art Festival, Indian Wells, CA Curating  
Aug-15 Solo Artist Exhibition, Dacia Gallery NYC Figurative Paintings  
Oct-15 Permanent Art Showing, Images Gallery, Idyllwild, CA Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Oct-15 Art Under the Umbrella Art Show Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Oct-15 Grand Opening Images Gallery Idyllwild, CA Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
2015-16 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
Jan-16 Showing at Café Aroma Gallery, Idyllwild, CA Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Feb-16 La Quinta Art Festival #1 in the nation Jury & judge Jurying & Judging  
Apr-16 Ophelia Art at Indian Wells Art Festival, Indian Wells, CA Curating  
May-16 ARF Animal Organization, Idyllwild, CA Paintings  
Oct-16 Art on Main Street, La Quinta, CA Paintings, Prints & Metal Prints  
Oct-16 Curating Artist Reception Art, Images Gallery Idyllwild, CA Paintings, Prints Sculptures & Jewelery  
2016-17 Creating & Directing the Ophelia Project Art Program Art Director Achievement Award
Apr-16 Indian Wells Art Festival, Indian Wells, CA Paintings  

Gideon Cohn
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