Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Evolution of American Artist & Teacher David McCosh 1903-1980

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1920s David McCosh Window Washer

David McCosh was born in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1903. He studied at Iowa’s Coe College and the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 1926. McCosh traveled and painted for 2 years in Europe on a John Quincy Adams Scholarship exhibiting his works in a one-man show upon his return in 1929. By 1931, his works were included in shows in New York & Chicago. This initiated an active schedule of exhibitions that McCosh would sustain for over 40 years.

1926 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Captain Bernard

McCosh began his teaching career at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in the summer months, at the Stone City Art Colony in Iowa with his friend, Grant Wood. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1931-1933.

1928 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Ganster's Funeral

David McCosh and Anne Kutka of Yonkers, New York, met in the summer of 1930, when both artists were Tiffany Foundation Fellows painting in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Four years later they were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1930s David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Chambermaid

In 1934 after his marriage, McCosh accepted a position in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene teaching drawing, painting, and lithography. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1970.

1931 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Girl Sewing

Unlike some other mid-20th century Northwest painters — Morris Graves, Mark Tobey, & Kenneth Callahan — McCosh was never part of a recognized school or movement and drew little national attention. McCosh’s early work expresses the modern interest in scenes of contemporary life. Gradually, his observation of nature would become the dominant focus of his work for the remainder of his painting career.

1932 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) The Foreman

Always circumspect about the idea of abstract art, McCosh remained steadfast in his belief that painting always found its basis in observation--the people, the animals, and the landscapes that surrounded him. From this perspective, McCosh’s mature, and highly personal style became a record of the visual vocabulary he developed responding to what his experienced eye had learned to see.

1932 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Woman Ironing

After his retirement in 1970, McCosh continued to live and paint in Eugene. He died in 1981.

1933 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Caller Waiting

1933 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Kutka from Yonkers, the artist's wife.

1933 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Lakeshore Swimmers in December

1933 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) North Avenue, Chicago

1934 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Men Working

1934 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) I've Got a Toothache, Self-Portrait

David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Highway in Oregon

David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Lone Sheep

1936 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Mill Pond

1937 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Grain Elevator

1940s David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Black Sun

1949 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Beach

1940 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Cactus at Noon

1950 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Celebrants

1951 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Beach Things

1959 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Goat and Fig Tree

1965 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Hillside

1966 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Burros and Cactus

1966 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Color Impression I

1968 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Crows on Beach

1969 David McCosh (American artist, 1903-1980) Abstract Landscape 1969
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