Artist Josef Kote will perform at the Ocean Galleries on Friday and Saturday

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originally published: 08/02/2022

(STONE HARBOR, NJ) — Josef Kote: The Collected Works is a magnificent collection of works of art by new master Josef Kote. These works will be exhibited and available for purchase at the Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor. Two special in-person Meet-the-Artist appearances are scheduled: Friday, August 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a unique opportunity to meet Josef Kote and discover his art: described as “symphonies of light and color”.

Artwork is available for purchase and all appearances are free and open to the public. For more details on the exhibition and the art, please visit www.oceangalleries.com or call 609.368.7777 to RSVP. RSVPs are strongly suggested.

Josef’s atmospheric renderings of the New Jersey coastline recall the legacy of seminal landscape artists, such as JMW Turner and later Winslow Homer, who captured the experience of the Sublime in nature. However, in Kote’s case, the turbulence of the sea is imbued with an ethereal light that conveys a sense of calm and triggers our senses. We can almost hear the waves crashing on the shore, feel the cold water under the soles of our feet or remember the last time we saw the sunset on the beach.

Artist Josef Kote will perform at the Ocean Galleries on Friday and Saturday

In Kote’s sixth solo exhibition with Ocean Galleries, certain works stand out as the central characters. This is the case with paintings like Light on Light, Fluidity and Rising Tide, which depict the vastness of the ocean, the seaside being one of the artist’s favorite subjects over the years.

From Johannes Vermeer to Claude Monet and James Turrell, for centuries artists have been obsessed with exploring the creative and transformational potential of light. This is the case of Connecticut artist Josef Kote, who for decades has captured the seemingly endless variations of light as it reflects off urban settings, the seaside, or the subjects of his portraits. Although tied to the Impressionist tradition, the eighteen large-scale acrylic paintings featured

in the artist’s new exhibition at Ocean Galleries, New Jersey, further reflect the artist’s ongoing quest to redefine the genres and styles of traditional painting through a distinctive visual vocabulary populated by alternating realistic gestures and expressionists.

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Even more, through his latest exhibition, entitled Transcended, Kote tells us an open story about the people and places that are close to his heart. This multi-faceted story is sketched with expressive textures, traces and colors brought to life through the artist’s mastery of the palette knife and brush techniques he has perfected over the years. At the same time, the title of this exhibition reflects Kote’s conceptual approach to artistic creation, which harmoniously blends two historically opposed styles of painting, Abstract Expressionism and Realism.

“They dance instead of fight”, says the artist. Thus, the artist transcends the boundaries of style and reinvents them through the universal language of light, the latter also taking on a contemplative or, if we can say so, spiritual nature.

Ocean Galleries is located at 9618 3rd Avenue in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.

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