Jim Cobb Paintings
Jim Cobb Paintings

Biography

JIM COBB WAS BORN OUTSIDE OF WEWOKA, OKLAHOMA, JUST AFTER THE DUST BOWLS. AFTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN SEMINOLE, OKLAHOMA, HE ATTENDED PARK UNIVERSITY, WHERE HIS BA WAS IN BUSINESS. HE THEN EARNED A MASTER'S DEGREE IN BUSINESS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. HIS PHD IS  FROM TRINITY COLLEGE, UK.


IN PRIMARY SCHOOL, HE WAS INTRODUCED TO WATERCOLORS AND ASKED HIS GRANDPARENTS FOR A SET OF THEM. INSTEAD, HE RECEIVED A SINGLE-SHOT .22 RIFLE, AND WAS TOLD TO GO SHOOT CHICKEN HAWKS - A MORE MANLY ENDEAVOR. HE TRIED, BUT WAS A NOTORIOUSLY BAD SHOT, UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE CHICKENS. BUT HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT THIS WAS MEANT TO TEACH HIM.


AFTER SCHOOL, HE WORKED FOR GENERAL ELECTRIC. AFTER THE USUAL LADDER STEPS, HE RAN THEIR WORLD-WIDE POLYCARBONATE SHEET BUSINESS. AFTER A MID-LIFE CAREER CHANGE, HE WORKED FOR ATLANTIC RICHFIELD AND RAN THREE OF THEIR CHEMICAL BUSINESSES. HIS CAREER ALSO ENTAILED FOREIGN ASSIGNMENTS, INCLUDING SEVERAL YEARS IN JAPAN - THE PLACE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING HIM DETERMINED TO SERIOUSLY RETURN TO HIS LOVE OF ART. WITH THIS BACKGROUND, HE WAS ABLE TO OFFER SOMETHING FOR THE BUSINESS SIDE OF ART. UNDER HIS PRESIDENCY, THE FIRST NEW THEATER IN 100 YEARS WAS BUILT IN PHILADELPHIA. A SUBURBAN ART CENTER DOUBLED ITS SIZE WHILE HE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD. HE HAS SERVED (AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING) ON THE BOARDS OF SEVERAL NON-PROFITS.

 


HIS WORK HAS RECEIVED RECOGNITION IN VARIOUS VENUES AND IS IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS AROUND THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE, INCLUDING THE RECENT HONORABLE MENTION RECOGNITION AT THE 2015 CHELSEA INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITION. JIM'S PAINTINGS HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN GROUP AND SOLO SHOWS IN PHILADELPHIA AND NEW YORK CITY, AS WELL AS AROUND EUROPE. HE LIVES IN A PHILADELPHIA SUBURB WITH HIS WIFE PHYLLIS, A PUBLISHED AND AWARD WINNING POET, AND BOGIE AND ROCKY--A PUG AND A DACHSUND.  THEY HAVE TWO ADULT SONS, JIM AND TOM.

Honorable Mention Recognition at Chelsea International Art Competition

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