"My first and most enduring inspiration for my work comes from a treasured drawing created by my mother. I was born into a large German family and later immigrated to the U.S.A., eventually settling in Chicago. Although my early training at the Art Institute of Chicago focused on the study of the old masters, my recent work has become more abstract. I am exhilarated by the challenge of evoking ideas in the viewer. Just a brushstroke on a canvas gives me the freedom to do anything I envision. Aside from the dimensions of the canvas itself, there are no limits and I enjoy examining the canvas, exploring depth and dimension to create a piece that challenges the intellect, invites curiosity, and creates pleasure."
- Brigitte Wolf
John Koehler is an American contemporary artist currently working and living in Chicago, Illinois.
"The innovation of the technique I utilize in my work is based on years of experimentation with oil and acrylic paint, aniline dyes, various mediums, and the manipulation of these materials through the use of many tools. The resulting paintings tend to create themselves and are not entirely predictable; which parallels the natural world my work emulates. The amorphous shapes and colors are easily found in nature; whether being under a microscope, through a telescope, or viewed by our own eyes. I pour the paint and create a reaction that mimics natural phenomena, forming images in an unorganized unity. A thick clear medium is often applied to finished pieces, providing a looking glass into an ever evolving natural reaction. The viewer is left to find resonance between the piece and their own perception."