Martin Kahnle grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and began painting in the late 1980’s. He moved to
New York City in 1995, returning to Atlanta in 2020 where he continues to paint from his private studio.
Kahnle explores the way that composition influences a visual narrative by conducting the viewer through the space of the painting, using a hyper-vibrant color palette and the action of the paint and brushwork, rivers flow, trees sway and plants come alive, reminding us that we are alone in our inner and external worlds and part of a universal whole.
Like nature itself, the paintings are simple and complex at the same time and offer a sense of peace, harmony, and quiet joy.
Influenced by the regional work of Diebenkorn, Hockney, Harris, Katz, and others, Kahnle’s last few years have had him articulating a series of abstracted landscape paintings inspired by living in the Blue Ridge of lower-Appalachia.