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Walter Koch

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Abstract artist working and living in Windsor, UK.

Quotation - (Oxford dictionary) A group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker. A short musical passage or visual image taken from one piece of music or work of art and used in another.

From the beginning of time everyone has taken someone else's ideas and made them their own by modifying, combining or reinventing in a variety of ways that hopefully make the new version seem like the original.

I collect “visual quotes” from tags, indigenous images and urban graffiti artists which I combine with some of my own “quotes” from previous works.

I store them in drawing pads, pieces of paper and photos on my iPhone and I use them as references for my work.

The process is simple. I search through my collection of “quotes” and as ideas flash in my brain I choose one. Then I repeat the process and the work becomes a dialogue between the images on the canvas and the ideas ignited by the images on my collection of quotes.

Every idea can be expressed in several languages. I don’t believe that there is a right one or a wrong one. Sometimes I choose to use an abstract language and sometimes I choose something a bit more figurative - this choice of language to me is very exciting!

RECENT PRIZES

I received a Highly Commended award from the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.This award was given to me by Simon Topman, CEO of Acme Whistles, at a Private View held at the RBSA Gallery on Thursday 5 April 2012. The Exhibition ran until Sat 21 April 2012.

I received this award for three works I submitted to the Friends’ Exhibition.

ABOUT

Walter Koch was born in Mozambique to a German/Portuguese father and a Portuguese mother. Educated primarily in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1996.

EDUCATION

1970/73 Diploma in Print Making – Pretoria Art School, South Africa. (UK equivalent BTEC Higher National Diploma /NVQ Level 4.)

EXHIBITION & EVENTS

2014 APRIL - The Other Art Fair - Ambika P3 - London, UK

JUNE – The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, UK

SEPTEMBER – Windsor Fringe, Windsor, UK

OCTOBER – The Other Art fair – The Old Truman Brewery – London, UK

2013 APRIL - The Other Art Fair - Ambika P3 - London, UK

JUNE - Art•Marylebone - Contemporary Art Fair Boutique - Hellenic Centre, Marylebone, London

SEPTEMBER - Contemporary Art Belém - Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa.

SEPTEMBER - Windsor Fringe.

OCTOBER - The Old Truman Brewery - London, UK

2012 FEBRUARY – February Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

              MARCH -  Bertina 1+9 - Hotel Moliceiro, Aveiro, PORTUGAL

              MARCH – First Birthday Private View – DEBUT Contemporary

              MARCH – March Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

              APRIL – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists - Friend’s Exhibition – RBSA, UK

              APRIL – Spring Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

              APRIL – ALUMNI EXHIBITION – Department of Fine Arts, Tshwane Universaty of Technology, SOUTH AFRICA

              APRIL – April Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

              MAY - The Other Art Fair - Ambika P3 - London, UK

              MAY - Barcelona Showcase - Casa Batló - Barcelona, SPAIN

              MAY – May Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

              JULY – Petersfield Museum, The Old Courthouse, Petersfield, UK

SEPTEMBER - Windsor Fringe - Pearls in The Sand 

NOVEMBER - The Other Art Fair - Ambika P3 - London, UK

2011 JULY – Banquet of Sight, Sensations and Pleasures – Joint Exhibition with Carl Koch and Jean Denison -The Fire Station Gallery, Windsor, United Kingdom

              DECEMBER – Winter Private View – DEBUT Contemporary

2010 MARCH – Group Exhibition at Galeria Morgados da Pedricosa, Aveiro, Portugal OCTOBER – 15 Exposicao Internacional de Artes Plásticas de Vendas Novas, Portugal

2009 JULY – Exhibition at the Espaco Mercure, Lisboa, Portugal

              NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Bertrand, Aveiro, Portugal

              DECEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria de Artes, Sines, Portugal

2008 MARCH– Group Exhibition at the Galeria Bertrand – Aveiro, Portugal

              OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at Museu do Café, Rio Maior, Portugal

2007 JULY - Group  Exhibition at the Galeria da Capitania de Aveiro, Portugal

2006 MARCH - Ecos de Africa Group Exhibition at the Museu de Viana do Castelo, Portugal 

              JUNE - Percursos Lusofonos, Group Exhibition at the Bertrand Forum Aveiro, Portugal 

2005 JULY - Group Exhibition at the Galeria das Comunidades Portuguesas Lisbon, Portugal 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the Sandton Civic Art Gallery in Sandton, South Africa 

2004 JULY - Group Exhibition at the Galeria de Artes Valenca , Portugal 

              SEPTEMBER - Vendas Novas 10th Expo Internacional, Portugal 

2003 APRIL - Group Exhibition at the Centro de Exposicoes de Fortaleza de Sagres, Portugal 

              OCTOBER - Vendas Novas 9th Expo Internacional, Portugal 

              DECEMBER – Belo Belo Braga, Portugal 

2002 JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Instituto Camoes at Casa de Arines in Vigo, Spain 

2001 APRIL - Group Exhibition at the Claustros do Forte de S. Francisco in Chaves, Portugal 

JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Multimaios in Espinho, Portugal 

2000 FEBRUARY - Group Exhibition at the Jardim Paulista (Expo do Acervo) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

              MAY - Opera em Aveiro, Portugal 

1999 MARCH - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Casa de Portugal in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

              JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Instituto Camoes in Brasilia, Brazil 

              JULY - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Banco Bandeirantes in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

1998 JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Casa de Portugal in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

              AUGUST - Group Exhibition at the Casa de Macau in Interlagos, Brazil 

1997 JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Barata in Lisbon, Portugal 

              AUGUST - Group Exhibition at the Galeria B.F.P. in Porto Alegre, Brazil 

 

1996 JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Casa de Portugal in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Instituto Camoes in Brasilia, Brazil 

1995 JUNE - Group Exhibition at the Galeria do Centro Portugues in Caracas, Venezuela 

1994 JUNE - Exhibited at the Galeria Hilton in Caracas, Venezuela 

              JULY - Group Show at the Palos Grandes (Expo do Acervo) in Caracas, Venezuela 

              OCTOBER - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Barata in Lisbon, Portugal 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Sheraton in Porto, Portugal 

1993 FEBRUARY - Group Exhibition at the Mandela Galery at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa 

JULY - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Fedcamaras in Caracas, Venezuela 

1992 MARCH - Group Exhibition at the Galeria do Centro Portugues in Caracas, Venezuela 

1991 FEBRUARY - Group Show. Pintores e Escultores de Mozambique at the Galeria Estoril, Portugal 

  JULY - Group Exhibition at the Lou Lim Yok Gallery in Macau, South China 

              SEPTEMBER - Group Show at the Hagenhof Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the Crowne Plaza in Lisbon, Portugal 

1990 MARCH - Group Exhibition at the Portuguese Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique 

              MAY - Group Exhibition at the Gencor Gallery, RAU in Johannesburg, South Africa 

              AUGUST - Group Exhibition at Goldfields in the Vaal Triangle, South Africa 

              OCTOBER - Group Exhibition at the Fundacao Dionisio Pinheiro in Agueda, Portugal 

1989 JULY - Group Exhibition at the Sandton Sun in Sandton, South Africa 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the Galeria do Casino in Estoril, Portugal 

1988 JULY - Group Exhibition Portfolio Gallery in Durban, South Africa 

              AUGUST - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Turismo in Leiria, Portugal 

1987 JULY- Portuguese Art In SA at the Leephy Gallery in Bergdron, South Africa 

              OCTOBER - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Grade in Aveiro, Portugal 

1986 APRIL - Group show at the Witwatersrand University. Portuguese Cultural Week, South Africa 

              MAY - Group Exhibition at the AARM in Germiston, South Africa 

              JULY - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Albatroz in Cascais, Portugal 

              OCTOBER - Group Exhibition at the Galeria Turismo in Estoril, Portugal 

1985 OCTOBER - Group Exhibition at the Diamond Corner in Johannesburg, South Africa 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the SA Association of Arts in Pretoria, South Africa 

1984 MAY - Exhibited at the Jewish Guild Gallery in Sandton, South Africa 

              NOVEMBER - Group Exhibition at the SA Association of Arts in Pretoria, South Africa 

1983 Co-founded TAM (Tertulia de Artistas de Mocambique) with Rodrigo Pombeiro, Johannesburg, South Africa

1981 Invited to exhibited at the Republic Festival Exhibition at the Durban Harbour Gallery, Durban, South Africa

1979 Joint Exhibition with Carl Jeppe and Dannie de Wet at SA Association of Arts, South Africa

1978 Invited to exhibit at SA Association of Arts – World in Conflict, Pretoria, South Africa

1977 Invited to Exhibit at the Prestigious Opening of New SA Association of Arts Gallery at the Volkskas Bldg, Pretoria, South Africa. 

1974 Co-founder of Art Studios Pretoria with Carl Jeppe, Lynn Jeppe and Elaine van Deventer, Pretoria, South Africa

1973 Joint Exhibition with Ian Redelinghuys At the SA Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

1972 New Signatures Exhibition at the SA Association of Arts (Prize Winner)Pretoria, South Africa

1971 Exhibited at Highpoint – Hillbrow Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa

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