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McCosh began his teaching career at the Art Institute of Chicago, and in the summer months, at the Stone City Art Colony in Iowa with his friend Grant Wood. In 1934, however, after his marriage to fellow artist Anne Kutka, he accepted a position in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene, teaching drawing, painting, and lithography. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1970. During these years, McCosh exerted a strong influence on the direction of painting in the Pacific Northwest and trained several generations of students, many of whom went on to gain their own reconition. McCosh’s early work expresses the modern interest in scenes of contemporary life for which he received acclaim in major exhibitions in New York and Chicago. This focus would undergo a fundamental alteration, however, in the years following his move to the Northwest. Responding to the lush environment quite unlike what he was accustomed to in Iowa, McCosh allowed his Midwest regionalism to fall away. Gradually, he adjusted his painting practices to include a greater interest in an observation of nature that would become the dominant focus of his work for the remainder of his painting career. In 1949, the year of his first sabbatical, McCosh began a phase of intermittent periods of travel that eventually proved essential to the development of his mature style. Seeming to revel in extremes, McCosh and his wife, Anne, ventured in the fall of 1949 into remote regions of the Washington Coast followed by several months in Mexico and New Mexico. Responding to the dramatic differences in his surroundings, McCosh allowed color to emerge as an organizing force in his compositions. He would later refer to this period as a major turning point in his career. Always circumspect about the idea of abstract art, McCosh remained steadfast in his belief that painting always found its basis in observation: the people, the animals, and the landscapes that surrounded him.
From this perspective, McCosh’s mature, and highly personal style became a record of the visual vocabulary he developed responding to what his experienced eye had learned to see. McCosh received national recognition throughout his painting career, which spanned over forty years. His one-man, juried and invitational exhibitions took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the University of Oregon Museum of Art, and many other venues. After his retirement in 1970, McCosh continued to live and paint in Eugene. He died in 1981.
BLACK ON WHITE
Lithographs from the 1930s by David McCosh
February 27 – March 30, 2013
Schrager & Clarke Gallery is pleased to present a group of lithographs by David McCosh, one of the Northwest’s master artists, in this 7th exhibit drawn from the collection of his estate. McCosh, born in 1903 in Iowa, studied and later taught at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1934, he came to Eugene to begin a long career at the University of Oregon. He died in 1981.
In the 1920s, when he was a student, lithography was in its early days as a medium for fine art. McCosh explored the potential of this new technique with the same keen eye and attention to the world around him that he brought to his paintings. His subject matter ranged widely: industrial cityscapes and street scenes; people at work; views of the rural Midwest and later the West.
The current exhibit includes examples of all of these themes. As a group, these prints present a picture of the country at a time of great change. The Midwest was still largely bucolic and rural, but was on the verge of completing the Industrial Revolution and becoming urban. This change is clearly seen in his prints.
Lithographs from the 1930s by David McCosh
Learning to Paint is Learning to See
Curated by Roger Saydack
March 1 - April 1, 2017
Reception and Book Signing: Saturday, March 4th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Talk by Roger Saydack at 2:30 pm.
Karin Clarke Gallery is proud to present an exhibit entitled Learning to Paint is Learning to See, which is composed of over 30 drawings and paintings by the late Eugene painter and University of Oregon art faculty member David McCosh. Curated by Roger Saydack, this exhibit will be on view from March 1 - April 1.
Saydack, a connoisseur and collector of Pacific Northwest modernist art, has organized numerous exhibits of work by David McCosh and his wife Anne Kutka McCosh at Karin Clarke Gallery, and is an expert on McCosh’s work.
McCosh was known to tell his students: “Learning to paint is learning to see.” In engaging in the process of painting, one should strive to see and capture that which is unique about the subject. McCosh always tried to reveal inner character in his paintings, rather than to attempt a realistic representation. Thus, his work offers refreshingly genuine, soft, and organic imagery.
Most of the pieces in this exhibit are landscape-based, and demonstrate McCosh’s genius at capturing the essence of the scene. Some were painted in Spain and Southern France while McCosh was on sabbatical leave from teaching during the 1950s. This is the perfect show to lift our spirits and to usher in spring!
The gallery will have copies of Saydack’s new publication, produced by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, “David McCosh: Learning to Paint is Learning to See.” A book-signing and reception will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2 – 4 p.m., with a gallery talk by Roger Saydack at 2:30 p.m.