John Cosby Biography


PLEIN-AIR IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER

"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 John Cosby.

Born in Hollywood California in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west.  At an early age he began to draw and paint.  He 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 an early age.  At 18 he was chosen as a communications advanceman for President Nixon and began to travel the globe. He continued in this capacity through the Ford Administration.  Although he met many interesting people and a saw many things, what interested him the most 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 a studio in Laguna Beach and Paso Robles, California.  He works on location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries.  Cosby 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.  His work can be found in many private, public and corporate collections around the world.  Cosby is recognized internationally. His works can be seen at James J. Rieser Fine Art, Carmel, CA.

LIST OF AWARDS:

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 Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, LAM, CA, 2004
2003 Collectors Choice, Lincoln Plein Air Painting Invitational Laguna Art Museum, CA
2002 Honorable Mention & Collectors Choice, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invit., LAM, CA
2001 1st Place, Quick Draw, Haggin Museum, Yosemite Painters Group, Stockton, CA
2001 Best of Show, Lahaina Poster Contest, Maui, HI
2001 1st Place, Quick Draw Competition, Desert Plein Air Invitational, La Quinta, CA
2001 Poster Artist, Desert Plein Air Invitational, La Quinta, CA
2000 Award of Excellence, Desert Plein Air Invitational, La Quinta, CA

One Man & Group Exhibitions:
2007    One man Show Expressions of Light Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach,  CA
2007    Two man Show Trees Place Gallery, Orleans,  MA
2007    Group Exhibition Where we are in America Sea to Shining Sea, Trees Place Gallery, Orleans, MA
2007    Group Exhibition Sea to Shining Sea,  Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art
2007    Group Exhibit, 97th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Museum of   California Art, Pasadena, CA
2007    What the Eye Sees and the Mind Knows Panelist, Cape Cod Museum of Fine Art, Cape Cod, MA
2007    Group Exhibition Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting, Avalon, CA
2007    Installed with James J. Rieser Fine Art gallery Carmel, CA
2007    Invited Artist Pasadena Museum of History Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden
2007    Group Exhibit, 9th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2007    Crystal Cove 5th Coastal Splendor Sale and Gala,  Crystal Cove State Park,  CA
2006    Stockton on Canvas: Contemporary Artists Paint the Town, The Haggin Museum, CA
2006    96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, CAC , Pasadena, CA
2006    On Location in Malibu, CAC, R. Weisman Museum, Pepperdine University, CA
2006    One Man Show, One Man Exhibit, Laguna Art Museum Store Space, Laguna Beach, CA
2006    One Man Show, The Light of the Day, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2006    Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Maui, Hawaii
2005    Group Show, American Artists Abroad, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2005    Group Show, Summer Leisure, California Art Club, California 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
2005    Group Exhibit, 2nd Annual Wet Paint, Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2005    Two Man Show, On Location, West to East: John Cosby & Joseph Paquet, Tree’s Place; Orleans, MA
2004    Group Exhibit, The Big Sur Land Trust; New Masters Gallery, Carmel, CA
2004    Group Exhibit, Sights of Southern California, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA
2004    Group Exhibit, California Art Club 94th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
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 thru 2007 starting at Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2004    3 Person Show, Cafés, 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, 5th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2003    Group Exhibit, Sights of Southern California: Plein Air Art Exhibition, Bowers Museum; Santa Ana, CA. Honorable Mention Award.
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    One Man Show, From Where I Stood, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
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
2002    Group Exhibit, 2002 Salon D’Automne, Edenhurst Gallery & Morseburg Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
2002    Group Exhibit, The City-Small, Medium & Large, Fountainside Fine Art Gallery, Wilmington, NC
2002    Group Exhibit, 92st Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, CA
2002    Group Exhibit, Painting the City, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
2002    Chairman and participating artist, 4th Annual Lincoln Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Beach, CA
2002    One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, Newport Beach, CA
2002    One Man Show, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2002    Group Exhibit, Yosemite & Sierra Grandeur, California  Art Club Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2001    Guest Artist, Plein Air in Catalina, Plein Air Painters Association., Catalina Island, CA
2001    Group Exhibit, CAC Invitational, 26 Artist Paint Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra, The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2001    Group Exhibit, Oil Painters of America, West/Northwest Mountain Regional Juried Exhibition of Traditional Ois, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
2001    One Man Show, Pacific Moments; Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2001    Group Exhibit, On Location Coast to Coast: Small Works by Nine Americans; Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
2001    One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, Newport Beach, CA
2001    Chairman and participating artist, "3rd Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational"
2000    One Man Show, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2000    One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, Newport Beach, CA
2000    Group Exhibit, 90th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition; Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, CA
2000    Group Exhibit, Oil Painters of America, Ninth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils,
Gallery Americana, Carmel, CA
2000 One Man Show, Lahaina Galleries, San Francisco, CA
2000 Chairman and artist, "2nd Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Competition", Laguna Beach, CA
1999 Chairman & participating artist, "1st Annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Competition", Laguna Beach, CA
1999 Group Exhibit, Plein Air Exhibit; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1998 Laguna Plein-Air Painters, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1998 Group Exhibit, Orange County Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1998 Group Exhibit, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Washington, DC
1996 Group Exhibit, OPA Southwest Show, Albuquergue, NM
1993 Group Exhibit, Int'l Society of Marine Painters Museum, Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA
1992 Exhibit, Annual Int'l Society of Marine Painters Fine Arts Museum, Petosky, MI

Articles & Periodicals:
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 2003
2003    California Art Club Newsletter, Featured Artists, May 2003
2003    Southwest Art Magazine, Feature article, May 2003
2002    Art-Talk, In Plein Sight, November 2002
2002    U.S. Art, En Plein Air, October 2002
2002    Southwest Art Magazine, California Best of the West, July 2002
2002    U.S. Art, Top 50 Artists 2001 Issue, March 2002
2001    U.S. Art, California Dreaming, Cover & Article September

Awards:
2007    First Place Capistrano Valley Conservancy Plein Air Art Festival Awarded by Jean Stern,  Director of
The Irvine Museum, CA
2007    Second Place, LPAPA,  Best of Plein-air Show
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
2003    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    First Place, Quick Draw Competition, Third Annual Desert Plein Air; La Quinta, CA
2001 Honorable Mention Award & Collectors Choice Award, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2000 Award of Excellence, 2000 Desert Plein Air, La Quinta, CA

Other:
Past Member of the Board of Directors, Laguna Art Museum
1999 Founder of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational (Laguna Art Museum), CA
1997 - 2006 Founding Board member of Laguna Plain-Air Painters Association