Tayloe Piggott Gallery is thrilled to present FIELDS WOODS HILLS, an exhibition spotlighting
eighty year old landscape master Wolf Kahn. Honored by the opportunity to host Kahn,
Piggott felt inspired to focus this exhibition with small pastel works, as if they are the studies to
the counterpoints of his large canvases that are often associated with Kahn’s known works.
FIELDS WOODS HILLS features 40 intimate pastels and 5 oil paintings that epitomize his genius
while still being approachable to a wide spectrum of collectors.
Reimagining nature’s palette, Wolf Kahn channels his clairvoyance for color into
transcendent landscapes. By his masterful hand, a thin stand of trees becomes a lavender
forest rising from a fuchsia field or a fluorescent sunset rising from an aubergine hillside. His
paintings and pastels pulse with the profundity of epiphanies experienced in nature.
Kahn paints from a deep understanding of place and palette. Pastels are an integral part of
Kahn’s process. Summer afternoons often find him winding his way around the fields, woods
and hills surrounding his Vermont home. On these walks, he stops when he sees something
that piques his interest and records it with pastels. Gallery owner and curator, Tayloe Piggott
has said, “Wolf Kahn uses colors to express the dance of nature.” His landscapes express the
awe experienced outdoors: a kaleidoscopic dawn that defies definition; a field suffused with
light, pressed into memory. Back in his studio, these studies grow into finished works that retain
the spontaneity enabled by pastels. As such, FIELDS WOODS HILLS celebrates the seedbed of
Kahn’s oeuvre spans six decades. Born in Germany, Kahn fled to England during World War II
and ultimately immigrated with his family to New York City. He studied with the seminal
Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann, becoming his studio assistant. Although he came of
age immersed in Abstract Expressionism, Kahn veered from his peers and turned to nature for
inspiration. Between pictorial landscapes and painterly abstraction, he has found scenes
saturated with light and color.
For further information regarding the exhibition and Tayloe Piggott Gallery, please visit us
online at www.tayloepiggottgallery.com or contact us at 307.733.0555 or