Cosbe Paintings

COSBE Paintings
February 1 – June 30
Presented by Woodward Gallery

Woodward Gallery is delighted to share recent Paintings by the Neo Expressionist Artist Cosbe on view in our street level exhibition windows. Cosbe’s automatic paintings expose a frenetic, visceral reaction to his surroundings. His images are built of a textured explosion of abstracted imagery and stories. The detail in his work is surprising: hidden faces within faces and stream-of-consciousness phrases. Cosbe’s paintings offer insight to the process of this complicated, cerebral genius.

New York based artist Cosbe is a self-educated painter and mixed media artist who creates work that combines the raw, gritty edge of the street with an expressionist aesthetic. Cosbe first became known in the mid 1990s for his graffiti in the streets of his hometown, Chicago. His paintings are a layered, textured, and drippy explosion of abstracted characters. The sometimes emotionally dark content of his work is masked by its colorfulness.

Earning continued recognition, Cosbe was awarded a coveted spot as a Red Bull sponsored artist at Scope Art Fair in Miami. He is featured in books such as Going Postal and Name Tagging by photographer Martha Cooper and Stickers by D.B. Burkeman. Cosbe’s lettering style is documented in video, and his painted imagery is illustrated in articles about street art in: The New York TimesChicago Tribune, and Village Voice.

COSBE Paintings can be viewed online (, any time through the Gallery’s street level windows, and by private appointment.

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