Downtown Springfield Association
February First Friday: Colby Kern

February First Friday: Colby Kern

February, 3 2023 | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

214 W Phelps St. Suite 101 Springfield, Missouri 65806[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_local_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

OH Gallery is excited to kick off 2023 with February’s featured artist, Colby Kern! For his latest collection, “Get Lost”, Colby says, “There is a strange current that runs through my body, and a constant whisper in my ear telling me to simply ‘go’.”
“My feet twitch to carry me away while my heart aches to connect with places I’ve never been. I listen, and I go. In this collection of work, I was inspired by places I’ve been. I turned to memories created on journeys where my soul felt most free. Each piece represents a time, place and emotion.
The unity of journeys recalled and journeys across canvas struck me in surprising way. Each artwork was an exploration itself, full of fortunes, mishaps, and surprises. When I realized this, I let myself get completely lost. The result is a raw and honest pilgrimage across canvas that gives each artwork a distinct character. I am still not sure that I’ve figured out where I’m going, but I know that I’m on my way there. Thank you for joining me.”

Colby is an award-winning interior designer and photographer. His strong background in both subjects guide him along a canvas allowing him to create abstract compositions rich with influence.
Though his photography can be found hanging in homes across the country, painting is relatively new to him. He began collaborating with established painter and close friend, Christie Snelson in 2020. Her encouragement propelled him further down his creative path. Since those collaborations Colby has completed several murals, commissions, and a sold-out gallery showing. He continues to experiment and grow as an artist in his downtown Springfield studio apartment.