Ray Koh

Ray Koh

Big Sur, CA, United States

About Ray Koh

RAY KOH is a 9-time winner of the Creative Quarterly Journal (CQ57, CQ56, CQ55, CQ53, CQ49, CQ48, CQ47, CQ46, CQ45) winning in multiple categories of fine art and photography.

KOH specializes in fine art and filmmaking. He has a unique multi-disciplinary background in art & architecture, branding & design, film & photography, and real estate & development. He is capable of working in any medium, discipline, scale and has the fluidity that threads all of them together. Koh maintains his namesake creative studio, KOH,co. which focuses on privately developing intellectual creative properties.

Koh’s fine artwork utilizes drone technologies which allows him to conceptually draw and paint using ocean water, time, and light. However, unlike most drone enthusiasts, Koh works more akin to an archaeologist where his brush is more an eraser that removes unnecessary elements so that only extracted subject-matter remains. The work he has developed focuses on primordial artistic concepts and subject-matter expressed through artist portraits, line drawings, still life, and abstracts.

More than ever, Koh believes that we must deal with the ramifications of technologies that accelerate our lives into nearly unsustainable velocity. With the increasing hyper saturation of digital content, the dumbing down of ourselves, our own deprogramming into automation, how do we rise above this relentless ebb and flow? How do we create a new American Art that reconciles the loss of the original to mechanical reproduction (i.e. photography, film) in favor of new subject-matter? These are some of the issues that his work attempts to resolve through creative mediation.

Education

Harvard University - Graduate School of Design
Columbia University - Art History
Columbia University - Architecture
SCI-Arc - Architecture

Events

2020 Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
04.11.20-5.10.20

2020 Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual Exhibition, CQ Gallery. New York, NY
03.13.20-4.13.20

2020 25th Annual International Exhibition, Hopkins Center for the Art, Hopkins, MN (traveling show)
01.09.20 - 02.15.20

Exhibitions

2020 Member’s Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
04.11.20-5.10.20

2020 Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual 2020 Exhibition, CQ Gallery. New York, NY
03.13.20-4.13.20

2020 25th Annual International, Hopkins Center for the Art, Hopkins, MN [traveling show]
01.09.20 - 02.15.20



2019 SF MoMA Instagram & Tumblr 3X Featured Artist (multiple occasions)

2019 Celebrating Monterey County, Government Center Administration Building. Salinas, CA
12.01.19 - 12.01.20

2019 Urban Landscape, Texas Photographic Society. Houston, TX
10.26.19 - 01.04.20

2019 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
11.02.19 - 12.22.19

2019 Photography Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ
09.15.19 - 11.10.19

2019 Convergences, Harrington Gallery, Pleasanton, CA
09.28.19 - 10.26.19

2019 Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
04.07.19 - 06.12.19

2019 24th Annual International, Hopkins Center for the Art, Hopkins, MN [traveling show]
01.10.19 - 03.28.19

2019 The Open Road, Cultural Center of Cape Cod. South Yarmouth, MA
09.20.19 - 10.28.19

2019 Wanderlust, Cultural Center of Cape Cod. South Yarmouth, MA
02.20.19 - 03.28.19

2019 4th Annual Autumn Exhibition, Emerald Art Centre, Springfield, OR
09.03.19 - 09. 28.19

2019 Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual 2019 Exhibition, CQ Gallery. New York, NY
02.01.20- 02.14.20

2019 24th Arts in Harmony 2019 International Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts |

American Swedish Institute | Maple Grove Arts Center. Minneapolis, MN [traveling show]
01.10.19-04.18.19




2018 SF MoMA Instagram Feature: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, San Francisco, CA
11.16.18 [online]

2018 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
11.10.18 - 12.22.18

2018 Black Out Exhibition, Ashton Gallery @ Art on 30th. San Diego, CA.
10.27.18 - 11.17.18


2018 Figure Study - Hidden Story Exhibition, Healdsburg Centre for the Arts. Healdsburg, CA.
09.08.18 - 10.21.18

2018 Member’s Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
07.07.18 - 08.12.18

2018 Color of the Year-X-Rite Pantone, UICA.org/ Grand Rapids, MI:
04.06.18 - 07.29.18

2018 SF MoMA Instagram Feature: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, San Francisco, CA
03.02.18 [online]

2018 Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual 2018 Exhibition, CQ Gallery. New York, NY
02.01.18- 02.14.18

2018 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition: Photoworks 2018, Barrett Art Centre. Poughkeepsie, NY.
03.01.18- 05.14.18

2018 3rd Biennial Wings & Water Exhibition, River Arts Gallery. Prairie du Sac, WI
01.18.18- 03.09.18

2018 Palate to Palette Exhibition, Crooked Tree Arts Center. Traverse City, MI.
01.13.18 - 03.03.18

2018 Creative Quarterly No.49 Runner Up Exhibition, January 2018
[online exhibition]




2017 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
11.04.17 - 12. 23.17

2017 Science Inspires Art: Ocean Exhibition, The NY Hall of Science Museum, New York, NY
09.16.17 - 02. 25.18

2017 Fluid. Four Barrel Gallery. San Francisco, CA 2017
09.22.17 - 11. 09.17

2017 Elements | Water, Cultural Center of Cape Cod. South Yarmouth, MA, 2017

2017 Reimagine: The Art Behind Up-Cycling. SOMArts, San Francisco, CA 2017

2017 RAY KOH, Creative Quarterly No.48 Runner Up Exhibition
[online exhibition]

2017 RAY KOH, Creative Quarterly No.44 Runner Up Exhibition
[online exhibition]



2006 RAY KOH, Accent on Design, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
[Winner Best Collection]

2005 SAFE, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY 2005 [with Tobias Wong]

2005 Talents, Messe Frankfurt - Ambiente, Frankfurt, Germany 2005 [by invitation]

2004Terminal Five, JFK Airport: Terminal Five, New York, NY 2004 [by invitation]

2004 New American Design, Felissimo Design House, New York, NY 2004. Curated by Ray Koh

2003 New American Design, Lyonswier Gallery, New York, NY 2003. Curated by Ray Koh and Josh Owen.

2003 Smart Paper Kite Exhibition, Smithsonian Arts & Industries, Washington, D.C. 2003