An American Alphabet: L

Signature: This work is signed by the artist and comes with a documentation sheet.

Publisher: Tandem Press

About Robert Cottingham

Robert Cottingham is known as a photorealist, but his meticulous paintings and drawings of pre-digital Americana border on abstraction. Cottingham depicts mid-20-century signs, typefaces, manual cameras, railroad boxcars, and mechanical components, or what he has called “tools of the Everyman,” in various dynamic compositions with intensified color and light. The artist has described his fascination with signs as originating from trips to Times Square as a child: “I think that’s when the seed was planted, when I saw the kind of activity going on above the ground level.” Obsessed with the precise geometry of his subjects, Cottingham’s process incorporates a series of steps that can include sketches, photographs, shapes mapped onto grids, and model construction. His crisp, often-monumental canvases celebrate and accentuate the forms of his subjects while remaining devoid of nostalgia. He lists Franz Kline, Edward Hopper, and the New Realists among his influences.

American, b. 1935, Brooklyn, New York, based in New York, Los Angeles and London

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

American Signs, Robert Cottingham, IFAC Arts, New York City
Large Works - Gallery Group Exhibition, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York
Art Wynwood, Eckert Fine Art, Shekomeko Village, Pine Plains