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John Cosby


"While standing on location in a place I have never visited, I begin to recognize what is different from all the other places I have been. I try to capture that, the uniqueness," says Cosby.  As a plein-air painter Cosby travels extensively painting what he sees and feels.  Bold use of color and an energetic brush stroke is what you will see and feel when viewing a painting by Cosby.

Born in Hollywood California in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west.  At an early age he began to draw and paint and was lucky enough to have a grandmother who was an oil painter.  "She would give me the paint, some brushes and a scrap of canvas and set me off to paint.  This early experience took the fear out of creating a painting," said Cosby.

Cosby started traveling at a early age.  At 18 he was chosen as a communications advanceman for President Nixon and began to travel the globe, continuing in this capacity through the Ford Administration.  He met many interesting people and saw many things but what most interested him were the great works of art he encountered.  "They haunted me and helped set the course for my career as a painter".  After leaving the White House, Cosby rebuilt an old classic sailing sloop designed by Nathaniel Herrishoff.  With a friend (who had dreams of being a writer) set sail up and down the eastern seaboard in the inland waterway for 3 years.  Thus he began his art career. "Doing drawings of anything that moved me, things began to sell and my course was set," said Cosby.Upon his return to the California, Cosby began painting the sea and landscape of coastal California.  With a strong gallery response, his success as a painter quickly followed.

Cosby currently resides and maintains studios in California and works on location around the world. He is a founding board member of the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Painters Association", an artist member of California Art Club and an artist member of Oil Painters of America.  Cosby is founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational held at the Laguna Art Museum.   With his bold contemporary style Cosby has captured the imagination of some very important collectors.  Internationally recognized, his work can be found in many private, public and corporate collections around the world.  

SELECT  AWARDS:

2007  First Place, Heritage Art Show, San Juan Capistrano, CA
2007  Irvine Museum Award, Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational, Crystal Cove, CA
2007  Second Place, Casa Romantica, San Clemente, CA
2005  Honorable Mention; Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational, Crystal Cove, CA
2004  Honorable Mention; Sights of Southern California; Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
2004  Honorable Mention; Coastal Splendor Plein Air Invitational, Crystal Cove, CA
2004  Artist Choice Award; Quick Draw, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, CA
2002  Honorable Mention, Sights of Southern California; Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
2002  Collectors Choice Award, Lincoln Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2001  First Place, Quick Draw, Haggin Museum, Yosemite Painters Group, Stockton, CA
2001  Best of Show Award, Lahaina Poster Contest, Lahaina, Maui, H.
2001  First Place, Quick Draw Competition, Third Annual Desert Plein Air" La Quinta, CA

SELECT SHOWS:

2008  One Man Show, The Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2008  Group Show, Stockfarm Country Club, Montana
2008  Group Show, New Orleans Smith Coleman Fine Arts, Charleston, SC
2008  Heritage Art Show, San Juan Capistrano, CA
2007  One Man Show, Expressions of Light", Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2007  Group Show, Heritage Art Show, San Juan Capistrano, CA
2007  Group Show, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum
2007  Group Show, Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting, Catalina Island
2007  2 Man Show, Tree's Place, Orleans, MA
2007  Group Show, 96th Gold Medal Juried Exhibit, CAC , Pasadena Museum of California Art
2007  Group Show, Coastal Splendor; Invitational Art Show, Crystal Cove Alliance
2007  Group Show, Impressions of California,  Bakersfield Museum of Art
2007  Panel Speaker, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2006  Three Man Show, Bakersfield Museum, Bakersfield, CA
2006  16th Annual Invitational Miniature Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2006  Group Show, Winter in the Valley, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2006  Three Man Show, Nocturnes, Smith Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2006  One Man Show Pacific Edge Gallery Laguna Beach CA
2006  One Man Show Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach CA
2006  Coastal Splendor; Invitational Art Show", Crystal Cove Alliance
2005  Group Show, 15th Annual Invitational Miniature Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2005  Invitational, 1st Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona, AZ
2005  Group Show, American Artists Abroad, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2005  Group Show, Summer Leisure, Calif. Art Club, Calif. Art Club Gallery, San Marino, CA
2005  One Man Show, Afternoon Light, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2005  Group Exhibit, American Miniatures Exhibition, Settlers West, Tucson, AZ
2004  One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, Newport Beach, CA
2004  Invitational, 6th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, LAM, CA
2004  One Man Show, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2004  Guest Artist, 19th Annual Plein Air Painters of America, Guest Artist, Caesars Tahoe, CA
2004  Group Exhibit, Sea to Shining Sea, Traveling Exhibit through 2007 t Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2004  3 Person Show, Caf‚s, Bars & other Diversions, Tree's Place, Orleans, MA
2004  National Conference on Representational Painting, Panelist, Cape Cod, Ma
2003  Group Exhibit, Canyon de Chelly en Plein Air, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ
2003  Two Man Show, California Plein Air Painters; John Budicin & John Cosby, Tree's Place, Orleans, MA
2003  Group Exhibit, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA
2003  Group Exhibit, 5th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum,
2003  Group Exhibit, Sights of Southern California: A Plein Air Art Exhibition at the Bowers Museum; Santa Ana, Received an Honorable Mention Award.
2003  Group Exhibit, 9th Annual California Art Club Plein Air Painting Event at Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA
2003  Group Show, Lahaina Galleries, Bend, OR
2003  One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, Newport Beach, CA
2003  Group Exhibit, 18th Annual Catalina Exhibit & Sale, A Reunion of Artists, Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting, Avalon, CA
2003  Group Exhibit, Annual Summer Show, Settlers West Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2003  Group Exhibit, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA
2003  One Man Show, From Where I Stood, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2003  Guest Artist, First Annual Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Plein Air, in partnership with Tucson Plein Air Painters' Society, Inc.,Tucson, AZ
2003  Group Exhibit, Small Works Holiday Exhibition, Tree's Place Gallery Artists, Orleans, MA
2003  One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, San Francisco, CA
2003  Group Exhibit, 93rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA

SELECT PUBLICATIONS:

2008  Southwest Art Magazine  Feature Article, March Issue
2008  American Artist Workshop Magazine Feature Article Winter Issue
2006  International Collector Magazine Article Jan 2006
2004  American Artist, Painting America From Sea to Shining Sea, June 2004
2004  Southwest Art Magazine, From Sea to Shining Sea, May 2004
2003  Enchanted Isle; A History of Plein Air Painting in Santa Catalina Island, published by The Society for the Advancement of Plein air Painting.
2003  Southwest Art Magazine, A View to the Sea, October Issue
2003  California Art Club Newsletter, Featured Artists, May Issue
2003  Southwest Art Magazine, Feature article, May Issue
2002  Laguna Beach Community Services, Cover, Winter 2003
2002  Art-Talk, In Plein Sight", November issue
2002  U.S. Art, En Plein Air, October issue
2002  Costa D'Oro,  Laguna Beach's Plein Air Painting Competition, Spring issue
2002  Southwest Art Magazine, California Best of the West, July issue
2002  U.S. Art, Top 50 Artists 2001 Issue, March issue
2001  U.S. Art, California Dreaming, Cover & Article September
2001  Vitality Magazine, Cover & Article
2001  Coast Magazine, Reaching for the Stars,  August issue
2001  Palm Springs Life;  In Plein Sight  January issue
2000  Southwest Art Magazine ; Southwest Art Selects" December issue
1999  American Artist Magazine, April issue

OTHER:

2004  Member of the Board of Directors, Laguna Art Museum
1999 to present Founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational (Laguna Art Museum)
1997 to present Founding Board member of Laguna Plain-Air Painters Association

 




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