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   I majored in Industrial Design in college, but I’ve always considered myself to be a fine artist. This website is a collection of the work I do, independent of my professional design / fabrication career, that reflects my true passions in life.

   

    There are frequent representations of the built environment in my work, in the form of individual works of architecture or scenes of infrastructure and industrial landscapes. I’m obsessed with this subject matter because I see these objects and spaces as physical manifestations of the psychology behind the need for human kind to create an artificial world that is separate from the natural environment.

   

    When I focus on the shadows and repeating forms of these subjects, I often find pattens that resemble naturally occurring structures and systems. To me, this indicates that no matter how much humans (especially in Western Cultures) endeavor to exist separately from nature, we can’t help but be a part of it.


    Currently I get the most inspiration from looking at the work of Esteban Vicente, Philip Guston, Giorgio Morandi, Helen Lundeburg, Luc Tuymans, Ales Vesely and Richard Diebenkorn. 


   Feel free to contact me at any time with feedback or questions at jamescogbill@gmail.com. I show my work frequently, and am always eager to discuss commissioned work. My studio is in Brooklyn, NY. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.

James Cogbill with Still Standing, in 2015.