Kendall Bohn Art and Kaleidoscopia Coloring Books
Kendall Bohn has been working in the California Building for fifteen years, and is currently creating in studio 300. His practice is diverse, including colorful paintings, imaginative sculpture, and his coloring book business. Kendall’s studio is packed so full of art that there are even paintings and sculptures hanging from the ceiling. You immediately notice the prominence of sea creatures throughout his artworks in all media. Many of his paintings feature complex underwater scenes, with saturated colors mimicking the light of a television screen. This connection is intentional; the Jacques Cousteau programs he avidly watched as a child are a huge influence on his art.
Huge wire and found object sculptures of fish hang from the ceiling, many incorporating found mechanical parts. His interest in these bits of machinery stems from a personal response to their color and shape. These works reveal his varied influences and interests that include math, science, and mythology. All of his wire sea creatures have mythological names like “Medusa” and “Perseus.” The process for making these wire fish is very intricate, and he does live demonstrations every Thursday in Mojo Coffee Gallery, working on his in-progress sculptures.
He self publishes Kaleidoscopia Coloring Books, a line of unique coloring books for both adults and children. Some of the books feature Kendall’s artwork; some have work of guest artists. They all have mesmerizing, spiraling patterns and shapes, and the pages are just waiting to be filled in with bright colors. He is always open for Second Saturdays, check it out for yourself!