Kirstie Cohen is a rare voice in Scottish painting, as both a traditionalist and an abstract artist, her work fuses the geographical with the intensely psychological. Seen through her eyes, the hills and skies of Scotland becomes a highly subjective, internal monologue – a representation of the solitary self. Conversely, under her gaze, the figure assumes the forms and colours of an obscure landscape replete with distant peaks and gullies, inseparable from its environment.
Introduction by Arlene Searle
Kirstie Cohen was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1963.
After studying at Edinburgh College of Art to develop a portfolio she gained entry to Glasgow School of Art, the famous Rennie Mackintosh designed building. She studied painting there from 1983 – 1987, and after completing a degree was offered a place on the Post graduate course from 1987 – 1988.
After leaving art school she was a finalist in the 1989 British Airways Award at Olympia, London, a showcase for young emerging artists.
As soon as her studies were completed she started to develop landscape in her work, turning professional with her first solo Exhibition in London in 1990. She has subsequently had many solo and mixed shows nationwide. She now lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland near Inverness.
In 2008 she was the winner of the Art Business Today, Canon Award, Digital Printer which gave her the opportunity to publish her own work in high quality print format.