John Cosby was born in Hollywood, California and raised on the west coast. At an early age he began to draw and paint and 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. At 18 he was chosen as a communications advanceman for President Nixon and began to travel the globe, continuing in this capacity through the Ford Administration. What most interested him 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 three years. Thus he began his art career.

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John Cosby

PLEIN-AIR IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER
2010 Inducted as a Signature Member of both California Art Club and Plein-Air Painters of America

“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 Cosby.

Born in Hollywood California in 1955, Cosby was raised in the west. At an early age he began to draw and paint and 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 a early age. At 18 he was chosen as a communications advanceman for President Nixon and began to travel the globe, continuing in this capacity through the Ford Administration. He met many interesting people and saw many things but what most interested him 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 Paso Robles California. He works on location around the world and is represented by some of the finest galleries. Cosby was a founding board member of the prestigious “Laguna Plein Air Painters Association”, an Signiture member of California Art Club. Cosby was a 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.

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Exhibitions

2008 One Man Show, The Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2008 Group Show, Stockfarm Country Club, Montana
2008 Group Show, New Orleans Smith Coleman Fine Arts, Charleston, SC
2008 Heritage Art Show, San Juan Capistrano, CA
2007 One Man Show, Expressions of Light”, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2007 Group Show, Heritage Art Show, San Juan Capistrano, CA
2007 Group Show, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum
2007 Group Show, Society for the Advancement of Plein Air Painting, Catalina Island
2007 2 Man Show, Tree’s Place, Orleans, MA
2007 Group Show, 96th Gold Medal Juried Exhibit, CAC , Pasadena Museum of California Art 2007 Group Show, Coastal Splendor; Invitational Art Show, Crystal Cove Alliance
2007 Group Show, Impressions of California, Bakersfield Museum of Art
2007 Panel Speaker, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2006 Three Man Show, Bakersfield Museum, Bakersfield, CA
2006 16th Annual Invitational Miniature Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2006 Group Show, Winter in the Valley, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2006 Three Man Show, Nocturnes, Smith Coleman Fine Art, Charleston, SC
2006 One Man Show Pacific Edge Gallery Laguna Beach CA
2006 One Man Show Laguna Art Museum Laguna Beach CA
2006 Coastal Splendor; Invitational Art Show”, Crystal Cove Alliance
2005 Group Show, 15th Annual Invitational Miniature Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2005 Invitational, 1st Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona, AZ
2005 Group Show, American Artists Abroad, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
2005 Group Show, Summer Leisure, Calif. Art Club, Calif. 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
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 through 2007 t Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
2004 3 Person Show, Caf‚s, 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, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, San Luis Obispo, CA
2003 Group Exhibit, 5th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational, Laguna Art Museum,
2003 Group Exhibit, Sights of Southern California: A Plein Air Art Exhibition at the Bowers Museum; Santa Ana, Received an Honorable Mention Award.
2003 Group Exhibit, 9th Annual California Art Club Plein Air Painting Event at Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA
2003 Group Show, Lahaina Galleries, Bend, OR
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 Group Exhibit, Carmel Art Festival, Carmel, CA
2003 One Man Show, From Where I Stood, Pacific Edge Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2003 Guest Artist, First Annual Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Plein Air, in partnership with Tucson Plein Air Painters’ Society, Inc.,Tucson, AZ
2003 Group Exhibit, Small Works Holiday Exhibition, Tree’s Place Gallery Artists, Orleans, MA 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