Brian Cobble, one of the most technically proficient artists working in pastel today, composes luminous urban and rural landscapes that embody the beauty of the everyday.
Brian Cobble received his B.F.A. at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and his M.F.A. from Southern Methodist University before completing a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting in Maine. Cobble was a MacDowell Colony Fellowship recipient in 1978-1980.
His work is in the collections of the Tyler Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum in Georgia, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. In 2003, he had a solo exhibition at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, and his work has been exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. His work has been featured in articles in Southwest Art Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Pastelagram, The Artist's Magazine, and American Arts Quarterly. His pastels have won numerous awards including the First Place awards from the International Association of Pastel Societies and from the Pastel Society of America.
Cobble’s 5th solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery in 2010 was accompanied by a retrospective catalogue featuring an essay by Roger Winter, who wrote “his gifts of perception and discrimination are rare, and that they can only be manifested through disciplined work. We are the beneficiaries of his faith, his patience, his insistence and persistence. In a clamoring market-driven art world, Brian Cobble’s contribution is, indeed, blessed assurance to each of us that delicacy of drawing and subtlety of sight still exist.”
Signature: signed "COBBLE" at lower left
Image rights: Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Dallas, Texas
About Brian Cobble
American, b. 1953, Ohio