John Franklin Koenig

John Franklin Koenig

John Franklin Koenig was a prolific and multifaceted artist. His primary media were painting and collage, though he also worked with ceramics, glass, and photography. As a child he was fascinated with the collections at the Seattle Asian Art Museum and as an adult he made numerous trips to Japan, absorbing the culture and aesthetics and reflecting them back in this work. As an expatiate artist and gallery owner living in Paris during the 1950s to 1980s, he also was influenced by European modernist painting, attracted first to collage then to abstract painting.

"The process of painting is a search for one's identity; it is an interated part of the daily task, humble and stubborn, necessary to give form and structure and presence to a sort of glowing figure a la Blake that the artist should be.

Oh, make no mistake, the creator is too acquainted with failure, doubt, and nothingness to think that he might be a kind of pure form on the face of earth. He can be no angel, for an angel is the very symbol of perfection, and perfection implies a finite state.

Nothing is ever finished for the creator." 

"One cannot be confronted by the great presence of Mount Rainier or of Mt. Baker's glowing above the San Juan Islands without responding with wonder.  Iridescent, luminescent.  An infinity of greys, and constantly changing, with the tides changing the lights, and changing the spirit of the inhabitants, iridescent...with more of a mystery, close to that of a pearl..."  - John Franklin Koenig

Untitled | 12" x 9" | Mixed Media on Canvas | 1962

Skwartrat | 48" x 30" | Mixed Media on Canvas | 1996

Rignatela Disperse | 52" x 38.75" | mixed media on canvas | 1964

Ode Pour Moi | 58" x 36" | Mixed Media on Canvas | 1975