Theme/Style – Modernism, figurative works
Media – Oil, egg tempera
Artistic Focus – Although he was a highly accomplished figurative painter, Arthur Koch devoted most of his life to teaching art to others and painted primarily for his own enjoyment. As such, his richly textured, dynamic canvases are rare treasures.
Career Highlights –
- Arthur Paul Koch was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1904, to parents Amelia Freese Koch and architect Arthur Robert Koch.
- As a high school student in 1922, Koch won a scholarship to New York’s Pratt Institute.
- Trained primarily as a muralist, Koch went on to attend the Art Students League of New York, and was a graduate of the Yale School of Fine Arts, where among his classmates was Deane Keller, who went on to become one of the “Monuments Men” of World War II.
- Koch worked for a time as an artist’s representative before becoming an art teacher in Connecticut, first at The Choate School in Wallingford and later at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.
- In 1953 Koch married Charlotte Sternberg, also a painter. The Koches were members and exhibitors at the New Haven Paint & Clay Club.
- Arthur Koch passed away in 1974.
Bibliographic references are available upon request.