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 James Peter Cost  (1923 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: marine-coastal, town-landscape

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James Peter Cost was born in 1923 and died in 2002. Cost was a California Plein Aire painter, holding the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and Master of Arts from USC.  Cost was a teacher of Fine Art from 1955-1964.  He was also co-owner with his wife, BettyJo Cost, of the James Peter Cost Gallery in Carmel from 1964-1989.

Cost was the recipient of $5,000 and the Gold Medal from Franklin Mint in 1975 for the First Award out of 500 entries for the most outstanding American Seascape Artist. Two of his paintings made it to the front cover of Reader's Digest in the 60s and 70s and many of his images were printed on the covers of California magazines. He received numerous other awards in all media.

Cost's first wife was Harriet Bowker (1947-1955), with whom he had a daughter, Janet Perry Cost, and a son, Curtis Wilson Cost. During his second marriage to BettyJo Root (1957-1989), he had two daughters, Shelley Anne Cost and Nancy Pamela Cost. All of this children are artists. Shelley andCurtis paint full time.

In 1982, Cost ran for California State Assembly on the Republican ticket.  He was President of the Carmel Business Association and President of the Carmel Art Association.

BettyJo Cost, wife of the artist

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Born in Germantown, PA on March 3, 1923.  Cost studied at USC and earned his master of fine arts at UCLA.  He taught in Los Angeles city schools during 1949-63.  He died in San Mateo, CA on June 11, 2002.
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