The experience of painting is always in the foreground, not the depiction of a motif. His landscapes are less representations of spaces or perspectives but attempts to organise colour on the canvas, to place light next to dark areas, generating sensations through the combination of different colour tones. Kowski is a cognoscenti when it comes to modern painting's use of light, arranging Pointillist dabs of paint next to each other in a sophisticated contrast composition to illuminate his pictures.
In every picture he inscribes an idea which he has formed on the basis of something seen, leaving it up to the viewers to make their way through the pictures, to enter the maelstrom and re-emerge at a different place. Maybe they will encounter the idea which forms the basis of every picture, or maybe a new one will emerge, whereby the titles can provide an initial impulse, stimulating one's own memories which superimpose themselves on those of the artist.
Text by Leonie Pfennig. Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART.