“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.”
Gideon 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.
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.
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”.
|Exhibitions, Competitions, Shows and Awards – Gideon Cohn|
|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|