Robert Cottingham is active/lives in Connecticut, New York. Robert Cottingham is known for super real facades, mechanisms, letterforms, photography.
Biography Robert Cottingham
Robert Cottingham lives and works on an eighteenth century New
England farm, but the subject matter he paints is strictly urban.
Tattoo parlors, seamy bar fronts, five-and-dime stores, trashy movie
marquees, or the advertising on a pancake house are all the urban
symbols he utilizes to construct his complex paintings. He ferrets out
the architectural details, symbols, and letter fragments of facades
from the 1940s and '50s, giving us a glimpse of a true American folk
art; garish, trite, yet somehow endearing.
Cottingham finds more
than just the materials of a sign fascinating. "Commercial signs are
amazing" he says. "Here are these elaborate, monumental structures
designed solely to tell you that this is where you can
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