by John Cogan
When he is asked by younger artists for advice, John Cogan says to "paint what you know." He follows that counsel himself, painting the western landscapes that he has loved since he was a boy.
His work has been featured in SOUTHWEST ART magazine (October 1989) and in ART OF THE WEST magazine (September/October1995 and March/April 1990). John's biography is included in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN ART, and the 2000 edition of WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA. During the past few years, John has placed twelve paintings in the TOP 100 of the Arts for the Parks competition. He has won three awards, including the first ever Collectors Award in 1995 and the Landscape Award of Merit in 1994. Three of his images have been published as posters by Images of America, and a number of others have been used on greeting cards, calendars, and post cards. A one-man invitational show of John Cogan's paintings celebrated the opening of the Henderson Fine Arts Building on the campus of San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico in October, 1994. In 1997 John was commissioned to paint AFTERNOON AT ECHO AMPHITHEATER for the college. This 60 by 48 inch painting now hangs permanently in the foyer of the Henderson building. John has a number of works in the permanent collection of Citizens Bank in Farmington, as well as other public and private collections throughout the country. In 2000 John was commissioned to paint a 10 foot by 4 foot painting for the new Courthouse in Albuquerque. This painting is on public display in the Jury Assembly Room.
In September of 1999
John was invited to join 14 other nationally known landscape artists
to paint the interior of
the Grand Canyon. The artists
spent eight days rafting through the Grand Canyon, painting the unique
vision of the Canyon from the bottom up. Sponsored by the Grand Canyon
Trust, the purpose of the trip was to increase awareness of the fragile
environment of the Grand Canyon. A show of the paintings produced during
was held at the Forbes Galleries in New York and San Francisco, the proceeds
benefitting the Grand Canyon Trust.