Retired Norman physician Jim Cobb now teaches art for the Oklahoma Arts Institute and the Oklahoma City Art Museum, something he probably never dreamed of doing when he began painting more than 20 years ago, sharing a studio in Norman with artist O. Gail Poole.
Cobb will be the featured artist in the Performing Arts Studio Gallery through July. The one man show will open in conjunction with the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on June 10, with a reception for the artist from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The PAS Gallery is located in the Historic Norman Depot, 200 South Jones. Philipp Gulidov will provide music for the reception.
“I try to paint purely from life, because I was taught to do so” Cobb says, “and there is nothing more satisfying.” Many times works begun from life are finished in the studio, however. His subject matter encompasses the entire spectra, his choice of materials include oil for painting and conte’ or charcoal for drawing.
Cobb’s instructors were “hand-picked” from artists of the New York Art Student League and the Chicago Arts Institute. Additionally, he has studied with Bye Bitney, Carol Armstrong and Walt Gonske. This training, Cobb says, gave him a “tutorial experience” as opposed to the college curricula of painting interrupted with reading, writing and arithmetic.
“I'm very excited to have Jim Cobb's work at the Depot Gallery” says PAS Executive Director Rick Fry. “As a painter I'm impressed with Jim's' sense of design and his use of color. It’s obvious he is a very disciplined painter. This is a show that should not be missed by collectors or students. Jim paints landscapes, still lifes, portraits and figurative studies all with passion and skill.”
Cobb has been juried into national competitions and has won high honors through the Oklahoma Art Guild’s National Juried Shows in Oklahoma City. He now maintains studios in Norman and Taos, NM and is represented by galleries in Santa Fe and Taos.
Office and Gallery hours at the Depot are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. For additional information about PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320.
Gallery Exhibitions at the Performing Arts Studio are made possible in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.