Artist Search
   
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 

 Martin Koch  (1940 - )

About: Martin Koch
 

Summary

Examples of his work

 
 

Biography*

Exhibits - current  
 

Discussion board

Send me updates

 
    Signature Examples*  
 
Buy and Sell: Martin Koch
  For sale ads

Auction results*

 
  Wanted ads Auctions upcoming for him*  
 

Dealers

Place a classified ad  
 
Lived/Active: South Africa      Known for: paintings

Login for full access
 
View AskART Services









*may require subscription

Available for Martin Koch:

Biographical information (Martin Koch)

yes

Dealers (Martin Koch)

1

Auction records - upcoming / past (Martin Koch)

18
new entry!

Discussion board entries (Martin Koch)

0

Image examples of works (Martin Koch)

16

Please send me Alert Updates for Martin Koch (free)
What is an alert list?

Ad Code: 4
AskART Artist
from Auction House Records.
BUSHVELD LANDSCAPE
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
Biography from Southwest Gallery:
Please note: Artists not classified as American in our database may have limited biographical data compared to the extensive information about American artists.

Martin Koch began painting and drawing at the early age of ten in his hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. His inspiration came from his natural surroundings and his passion for the wildlife that was indigenous to the area. As a boy, Koch would sketch and paint anything that he could find but it was not until he was eighteen and old enough to venture into the South African bush that he began painting the scenes of animal life for which he has become so noteworthy. By the time that he was
twenty-two, Koch was known as the youngest professional artist in South Africa.

“I sell South Africa,” says Koch, who has always lived there and admits to feeling safer there than anywhere else in the world. Although he paints a variety of subjects and mediums, he is best known for his landscapes that include African wildlife. It is a subject that he is heartily devoted to. “You almost have to become one of the animals to paint them realistically. I spend weeks practically living with them, making sketches for future paintings. You can read all about animals in books, but you never really know them until you become part of their lives.” Koch sees this work as a way of preserving the land and animals that are so dear to him. “Despite the worldwide movement to save African wildlife, I think that many years from now, much of the scenery and animal life that I have painted will only be seen on canvas, as civilization will take its toll on Africa’s natural beauty.”

Koch has been involved in a number of important commissions during his career. In 1967 he was asked to paint a portrait of Christopher Bernard - the surgeon who performed the world’s first heart transplant. In 1968, Koch was commissioned by the South African government to paint a 6 x 12 foot mural detailing the military march pass of the 5th centenary of the Republic of South Africa. The mural now hangs in the military academy in Pretoria. Pretoria is the home of Martin Koch’s studio and his works have been exhibited all over the world, including London, New York and Kenya. Eight of Koch’s paintings hang in Kruger National Park - where he derives the inspiration for most of his paintings.

Koch’s work seeks to find truth in nature by representing his subjects and landscapes in a realistic manner. His style is one of uncompromising detail as he gives equal attention to every brushstroke which adds an almost photographic quality to the work. His canvases are further enhanced by the passion that he brings to the art of painting. For over five decades, Martin Koch has worked steadily as an artist, exploring a number of different mediums and subjects. “I need to live about another 400 years to paint all the things I want to paint.”

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at registrar@AskART.com.
  go to top home | site map | site terms | AskART services & subscriptions | contact | about us
  copyright © 2000-2014 AskART all rights reserved ® AskART and Artists' Bluebook are registered trademarks

  A |  B |  C |  D-E |  F-G |  H |  I-K |  L |  M |  N-P |  Q-R |  S |  T-V |  W-Z  
  frequently searched artists 1, 2, more...  
  art appraisals, art for sale, auction records, misc artists