The Artist and his tools, 1947, woodcut

Louis Kahan in his studio, c.1986

Louis Kahan

Louis Kahan's long and distinguished career spanned most of the twentieth century. The range and scope of his oeuvre defies categorisation and covers a wide variety of media, encompassing painting, printmaking, design and stained glass. Born in Vienna in 1905 his many lives include: fashion designer in 1920s Paris, WWII Foreign Legionnaire and war artist, stage and costume designer in post war Australia and Britain, and highly recognised visual artist represented in all major Australian public collections as well as in many abroad.


"Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers... I don't think I'd ever want to take a road if I knew where it led."

Louis Kahan