Horses on Canvas

Selected Works by James Koskinas

 

james koskinas rider on gray horse with ochreRider on Gray Horse with Ochre
60″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

I have known horses since I was very young; they have been constant in a lifetime of change.

I can always go back to the horse; he is always there for me.

Let me make this clear.  It’s all about energy, the sum total of your life’s experiences.

james koskinas stallion with ochre riderStallion With Ochre Rider
60″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas horse and rider with orangeHorse And Rider With Orange
40″ X 40″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas midnight stallionMidnight Stallion
40″ X 40″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas white horse with yellowWhite Horse with Yellow
40″ X 40″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas white horse and rider with blueWhite Horse and Rider with Blue
60″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

I don’t select my palette in advance but rather use color intuitively.

One of the ways I know my work is done is when nothing more occurs to me.

 

Portrait of White Horse James KoskinasPortrait of White Horse
48″ X 48″ Acrylic on Canvas

Spirit Horse James KoskinasSpirit Horse
48″ X 60″ Acrylic on Canvas

ames Koskinas Horse in Black FieldHorse In Black Field
60″ X 88″ Acrylic on Canvas

james koskinas spirit horse ivSpirit Horse IV
54″ X 56″ Acrylic on Canvas

Horses

A chance meeting with a lost stallion on an Arizona highway set in motion my lifetime obsession with painting horses.  Later I added a rider to these horses.  The riders have become self-portraits and a search for unity between horse and man.  

I am fascinated with the shape of the horse, especially the head.  I change the shape of the head, sometimes lengthening it, sometimes shortening it. I like to paint them life size or almost life size. I can abstract it, elongate it, shorten it.  Painting the horses on paper allows me to be more spontaneous and expressive and make them more abstract. I can always go back to the horse; he is always there for me.

-James Koskinas

Julie Schumer Dialogue With Black