DAVID McCOSH (1903-1981)
Karin Clarke Gallery        760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401         541.684.7963         kclarkegallery@mindspring.com

Learning to Paint is Learning to See, 2017
Curated by Roger Saydack

Judkin's Point (Eugene) C., 1935, oil on linen, 21x25" framed SOLD
Fall Creek, watercolor, 1964, 19x22"
Garden Study III, charcoal on paper, 14x18"  AT GALLERY
Tangle, casein on board, 1960, 36x40 framed
Olive Tree (Vence, FR) watercolor
Garden Study IV, charcoal on paper, 14x18"
Untitled (Man and woman in restaurant), Ink on paper,  c. 1932. 8x10" image at gallery
Tree Trunk and Branches, watercolor and gouache on paper, 18x20" image size SOLD
Dark Woods, oil on paper, 28x20" image size
Spring Flowers (Spain), watercolor, 1959,
Farmhouse on Millrace, 1934, oil on linene, 21x25" framed SOLD
Garden Study 1
Millrace Bend
Queen Anne's Lace, in on paper, 13x20" image size
Tree Trunks, watercolor and gouache SOLD
Hillside in Southern Spain, 1959, ink on paper, 7x5" SOLD
Olive Tree and Red House, 1958, watercolor, 10-x12" SOLD
Forested Retreat, watercolor,,16x22" image size
Millrace, c.1940s, conte crayon drawing, 12.5x16" image size
Rocky Peak - Vence, France, 1958, watercolor, 12x16" image
For Anne, 1930, watercolor on paper SOLD
Man with Animals (Spain) 1959, watercolor, 9x12" image SOLD
Color in Sprain, c.1960s, gouache and watercolor
Tree Study, 1958, watercolor, 12x9.5" SOLD
Olive Tree, Vence, 1958, watercolor. 15x20" image SOLD
Olive Tree and Balcony, 1958 SOLD
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.

Three Deer 30x36 c.1955 oil on board sig on back -AT GALLERY
Red Vest 1948 oil 25x30 SOLD
Horse Creek in Spring c.1960 24x35
Oxen at Fiesta 18x30 oil on canvas 1950
Forest Pool, oil on canvas, 25x30
McCosh early eugene oil
Forest Pool 18x20 oil on linen c.1960
David McCosh: Tree in Torremolinos
David McCosh: Flowers with a Red Book
McKenzie Backwoods, oil
Important McCosh works from past exhibits

David McCosh / Entanglements
September 4 - September 28, 2019
Curated by Roger Saydack

Reviews about David McCosh / Entaglements:
A Solo Show of Work by Premier Pacific Northwest Painter and Teacher David Mccosh at the Karin Clarke Gallery

David McCosh/Entanglements at Karin Clarke Gallery


Learning to Paint is Learning to See, 2017
Cornwall Color V, 1959, Watercolor on Paper. 
15 x 22 inches (image).
Goats, Spain II, 1959, Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 
9 x 12 inches (image).
Forest Curtain, Watercolor on paper. 
16 x 22 inches (image).
Paradise Beach, WA, Watercolor on Paper.
15-5/8 x 23-1/8 inches (image).
Tropical Tangle, 1966, Casein on Paper. 
15 x 22 inches (image).
Composition #1, Watercolor on Paper.
14 x 20 inches (image). SOLD
Hillside, Ink on Paper.
13 x 20 inches (image).
Recumbant Figure, Reading, Ink on Paper. 
11 x 17 inches (image).
Apple Tree, Conte Crayon and Ink on Paper.
 24 x 27 1/8 inches (framed).
Cornwall Coast, 1959, Ink on Paper.
9 x 13 inches (image).
Landscape in Cornwall, 1959, Ink on Paper.
10 x 13 inches (image).
Color Impression II, Watercolor on Paper. 
14 x 20 inches (image).
July in Cornwall I, 1959 Watercolor on Paper,
11 x 15 inches (image).
July in Cornwall II, 1959, Watercolor on Paper. 
11 x 15 inches (image).
Spring Flowers, 1959, Watercolor on Paper.
22- 1/4 x 15 (image).
Stumps and Rocks, Mixed media. 
17 x 24 inches (image).
Cliff Path, Mexico, 1966, Watercolor and Gouache on Paper.
14 x 21 inches (image).
Desert Plants among Rocks II, Watercolor on Paper. 
18 x 24-1 / 8 inches (image).
Woods in Spring, Watercolor on Paper.
15-5 / 8 x 23-1/8 inches (image).
Apple Tree, Watercolor on Paper.
22 x 15 inches (image).
Cascade, Watercolor on Paper. 
17 x 23 inches (image).
Composition # 5, Watercolor on Paper.
13 x 19 inches (image).
Trees, 1950s, Oil on Paper.
19 x 26 inches (image).
The Ground #1, 1954, Oil on Paper.
19 x 25 inches (image).
Karin Clarke Gallery proudly presents a large showing of later and most significant works by former University of Oregon Professor of Art David McCosh (1903-1981). The works shown have been selected by guest curator and regional art expert Roger Saydack, who has curated numerous shows on McCosh at the Clarke gallery, and who published a book on McCosh “Learning to Paint is Leaning to See”, which will be for sale at the gallery during the exhibit.
Saydack says in his essay on this show: “This exhibition, “Entanglements”, presents a different aspect of his close views of freely-growing vegetation. These works are his direct observations of his subject, made on site in all the places he painted. They’re fresh and lyrical. Their colors are rich, vibrant even radiant at times.”
David John McCosh was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1903. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Art Institute of Chicago, and working and exhibiting in Iowa, Illinois, and New York in the early 1930s, McCosh relocated to Eugene, Oregon for a faculty position at the University of Oregon. From 1934 to 1970, he taught courses in lithography, drawing, oil painting, and watercolors, and influenced a generation of art students at the UO, including gallery owner Karin Clarke’s parents, Mark Clarke (1935-2016) and Margaret Coe.
The paintings in this show are selected from the University of Oregon’s David John McCosh Memorial Endowment Collection. Our thanks to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for their support and making this show possible.