''Letting Go'' Ocean Galleries - Stone Harbor, NJ
Artist Receptions: Friday, August 9, 7-10 pm Saturday, August 10, 7-10 pm Sunday, August 11, 1-4 pm
''Metamorphosis'' Vinings Gallery - Atlanta, GA
Artist Receptions: Friday, September 27, 6-9 pm Saturday, September 28, 1-4 & 6-9 pm Sunday, September 29, 1-4 pm
''Kote’s paintings exude energy and an intellect that excites all the collectors, even the most sophisticated art aficionados. His unique translation of nautical scenes, landscapes, and figurative paintings are unmatched. There are endless areas of interest within each canvas that provide pleasure to astute art lovers who crave a challenge. The canvas exudes abstraction (to a point) and yet subject matter can be deduced to perfection; a colorful abstraction, wrapped around a sweeping realism that is anchored with Kote’s training as a ''Classic Artist''. The principles of well-designed compositions, perfect color harmony, and Kote's free-spirited nature bring a fresh new eye to the world of fine art. Interpreting a Kote canvas is fun and no two people will see them quite the same, a remarkable accomplishment for any artist. His paintings appear so loose and free at first glance. As the viewer's eye moves around the canvas a solid connection of colors and deeply analyzed light explain, for all to see, a dedication and passion for painting that is important to this artist as the air he breathes... He can't live without it! Josef Kote is destined to be a major star in a constellation of genius level artists who find their own way of being new, fresh, and distinctive among their peers. We are convinced that history will applaud his creativity long after most of us are gone and his originals have become heirlooms.''