Artery features the art of Claude Karch

July 1, 1993

Artery features the art of Claude Karch

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All are invited to an exhibition of impressionist oils by local artist Claude Karch at The Artery, 514 E. State St., Rockford. An opening reception will be held from noon to midnight, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15.

Karch is a landscape painter who works in oil paints as a “regionalist, arts and crafts impressionist.” He does not restrict his work to oil painting, but uses a diversity of media to create images by drawing, sculpting flint, working native clays and experimenting with digital imagery. His vision senses the spiritual in the natural order. This vision can be found in the variety of his subject matter, ranging from vanished barns, landscapes and portraits to fossil forms. He feels he is driven to create images that should “spin the viewer into an experience.”

Although Karch’s art is described as “impressionistic,” he encourages students “to achieve a personal statement that combines inspiration/vision and the very intrinsic quality and experience with the action of the media.” He states, “I believe to create is freedom to follow one’s invitation—as a child with a new box of crayons.”

Claude Karch earned his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago. His teachers were mainly of European origin, who brought with them methods of seeing and expressing unique to their experiences. He is represented by The Artery of Rockford. His paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections, including Charleston Diners Club and Hilton Corporation.

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