"What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes if he's a painter, or ears if he's a musician, or a lyre at every level of his heart is he's a poet, or even, if he's a boxer, just his muscles?  On the contrary, he's at the same time a political being, constantly alive to heartrending, fiery, or happy events, to which he responds in every way.  No, painting is not done to decorate apartments.  It is an instrument of war for attack and defense against the enemy." - Pablo Picasso   


This series of paintings came from my reaction to the violence in our current world, and relates it to the wars and violence which have been plaguing humankind for thousands of years.  I have been working with the celebrated local poet, Glenn North, to combine these paintings with poems for a book which came out this year and is for sale in numerous spots around KC.  Check it out at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Prospero's, Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, WWI Museum and more.    Be sure to stop by the WWI Museum and see my installation of art about POPPIES! You can find our book, my scarves, and paintings of all sizes!  Installation will be up through the holidays!  www.theworldwar.org


​                     New book now for sale!!!

Art about war, love, loss
 


Ada Koch

Artist/Painter/Educator