New Artwork on Loan for the 2020-21 Year

Seven original artworks by New York City-based artist Edmond Rochat are on loan to The King’s College through May 2021.

photo by Matthew Infante
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Seven original artworks by New York City-based artist Edmond Rochat are on loan to The King’s College through May 2021. Six of the works are oil on linen, with one portrait in graphite and charcoal. All are in a naturalistic style.

Rochat studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at the duCret School of Art in Plainfield, N.J., the Arts Students League of New York, and the Janus Collaborative School of Art in New York. In 2015, Rochat was awarded the Stobart Foundation Grant in Salem, Mass., granted to artists who paint directly from nature. He is also the recipient of the John F. and Anne Lee Stacey Scholarship in Oklahoma City, Okla. for artists in the classical tradition.

The son of a carpenter and a fashion illustrator, Rochat says “it was common to have conversations about art and aesthetics, but never in a vacuum. Theory was always attached to building things.” He says these early conversations influenced the direction of his education. “I didn’t pursue a typical art school track. I looked for artists who could teach me what I wanted to learn and that was to draw the human body at a high level. I found the more I learned the more I was enabled to design pictures that really interested me.”

Rochat recalls being “mesmerized” as a child by a photo of Michaelangelo’s Moses in Hartt’s History of Italian Renaissance Art. “There was a quality in it that pointed to something more than material,” he says. “I enjoy this point of view for its embrace of nature and also of aesthetic forms that were stewarded by past artists.”

Rochat has participated in multiple exhibitions in New York and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Junius Allen Memorial Award and the Chairman’s Award from the Salmagundi Club. He teaches at the New York Academy of Art, the New York School of the Arts, and the Art Students League. His works have appeared in Persimmon Hill Journal and published in The Visual Language of Drawing: Lessons on the Art of Seeing.

Dr. Joshua Kinlaw, Chair of the Program in Media, Culture, and the Arts, said, “The works by Rochat currently on campus have literally stopped me in my tracks. It is a significant experience to leave any class—whether it concerns animation or Aristotle—and immediately see these paintings in the lobby. They represent an aspect of the good, the true, and the beautiful that perhaps only art can. I’m confident our students have had similarly rewarding experiences this semester thanks to the loan.”

The featured photograph of Edmond Rochat at work is courtesy of Matthew Infante.

Details of the artworks on loan are provided below. For pricing details, contact the artist.

Graphite and Charcoal on paper
19 x 14 inches

“Donat Profile”
20 x 20 inches
oil on linen

“Tim Newton” (Portrait Sample)
26 x 22 inches
oil on linen

11 x 14 inches
oil on linen

“Kevin Kemp”
24 x 20 inches
oil on linen

“Solitudes They Keep”
18 x 24 inches
oil on linen

“Slumber at the Moment”
60×72 inches
oil on linen

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