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Robert Kogge


The desire and grasp ability of being an artist was there at a very young age as it's been my good fortune to have had a gifted amateur artist for a father and two talented older brothers to chase. It seemed like an eternity that I would ever parallel any of them but the slim possibility that I might was enough to sustain my pursuit and eventually witness the dream come true As a result of preparatory drawings developing beyond their purpose into finished works, I began drawing directly on unprimed canvas with graphite and currently am using colored pencils and ink wash on canvas. This is an approach fuses painting and drawing into a single process. The materials I use elect the heavy weave of the canvas to be the dominant, but impersonal, unifying mark throughout each work. This aspect of the images results in an even distillation of positive and negative space including a particulate profile of the atmosphere. These works present what is recalled in the mind's eye, aspiring to hold the viewers' attention for reasons beyond what is being depicted. In this way, I hope meaning will emerge from the viewers' own impressions, with vision less encumbered by what we think we know. 'Still life with Half Moon' is an example of my current direction - still-life's and cityscape ; arrangements of mundane objects and man-made structures reference each other as they collect and disperse through the cause of human nature...contained or defined by architecture. More generally, I try to draw the commonplace to an uncommon state by stressing issues of balance, harmony, order and calm.

Drawing is the art of being able to leave an accurate record of the experience of what one doesn't know. A great drawer is either confirming beautifully what is commonplace or probing authoritatively the unknown.' - Brett Whiteley The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. - Albert Einstein


150 Bay St. Apt. 702
Jersey City NJ 07302
201 721 5933


Birth date: September 15, 1953; Hoboken, New Jersey

Education: 1973 -1977 Parson's School of Design, New York, NY

Professional Experience:

Work shop to be conducted at the NJ Visual Arts Center, Summit, NJ - 11/21/10

Work shop conducted at Art Students League, 'Advanced techniques in colored pencil and ink wash', May 17th - 18th 2010

Instructor at the Yard School of Art, Montclair Museum of Art 2009

Visiting Artist The Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore MD, Oct. 2000

Instructor Memorial High School; West New York, NJ, 1999 - 2009

Solo Exhibitions

2006 O.K. Harris Works of Art; New York, NY

1998 Atelier A/E Gallery; New York, NY

1996 J.J. Brookings Gallery; San Francisco, CA

1996 O.K. Harris Works of Art; New York, NY

1992 O.K. Harris Works of Art; New York, NY

1991 O.K. Harris Works of Art; Birmingham, MI

1989 O.K. Harris Works of Art; New York, NY

1988 Zimmerman Saturn Gallery; Nashville, TN

1988 O.K. Harris Works of Art; New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2008 "From the Garden of Earthly Delights", Arts Guild of Rahway, 1/9/08 - 2/1/08, Rahway, NJ 2008 "Timeless: The Art of Drawing," The Morris Museum, 9/3/08 - 10/21/08 Morristown, NJ 2008 "Sprawl" NJ Arts Annual: The Jersey City Museum, 3/0JerseCity,NJ 2003 "Conversations," Evergreen House, Baltimore, MD; Oct 2003. "Subject: Object," O.K. Harris Works of Art; New York, NY 5/31-9/6 2001 "The Art of Illusion," The L. A. County Fair, Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA; 9/7-9/23 2001 "15E: Contemporary Art and the NJ Turnpike," Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ; 9/21-10/21 2000 "Annual New Talent Show," Rosen field Gallery; Philadelphia, PA; 7/09-7/30/2000 2000 "Real Illusions, " 7th Annual Realism Invitation, Van De Griff Gallery; Santa Fe, NM; 7/14/00-8/3/00 2000 National Academy of Design, 175th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY; 2/9-3/26/2000 1999 "A Gathering of Still Lifes," Bachelier &Cardonsky Gallery; Kent, CT; 4/17-5/16/1999 1998 New Jersey Fine Art Annual; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; 5/17/98 -8/16/98 1998 Jersey City Museum, New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Arts Fellowship Exhibition; Jersey City, NJ; 6 /24/98 -9/19/98 1997 "Miniature Exhibit," J.J. Brookings Gallery; San Francisco, CA; 12/01/97-12/31/97 1997 16th Annual Metro Show, 'Best in Show,' City Without Walls; Newark, NJ; 11/20/97 -1/09/98; also exhibited at 12th and 13th Annual Metro Show. 1997 Current Perspectives on Urban & Suburban Landscapes, New Jersey State Museum; Trenton, NJ 1994 Group Show, Landscapes, A.J. Leiderman Fine Art; Hoboken, NJ 1994 New Jersey Arts, Annual: Fine Arts 1994, New Jersey State Museum; Trenton, NJ 1993 New Approaches to the Still Life, Tower Fines Arts Gallery; SUNY College at Brockport, NY 1990-88 Art at the Millhouse III, II and Insiders & Outsiders (respectively), Webb & Parsons North; Bedford Hills, NY 1989 Tools, Instruments, Utensils, San Francisco International Airport; San Francisco, CA


2003 The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York, Grant Recipient; 4/3/03 2002 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Grant Recipient; 2/19/02 2002 NJSCA Fellowship, Visual Arts -Painting; 1/29/02 1998 Best In Show, 16th Annual Metro Show, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; 11/20/97 1997 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Hancock, MA; Grant Recipient 1996 Pollock-Kransner Foundation, New York; Grant Recipient 1995 NJSCA Fellowship, Visual Arts - Painting 1996 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Fellowship Award for Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center; Johnson, VT; 3/02/97 -3/29/97

Selected Collections

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Louis Dubin, New York, NY

Ivan Karp, New York, NY

The Hunter Museum; Chattanooga, TN

New Jersey State Museum; Trenton, NJ

Chase Manhattan Bank; New York, NY Prudential Insurance Company of America; Newark, NJ Arbor Drugs; Troy, MI

Richard Brown Baker; New York, NY

American Interactive Media; Los Angles, CA National Westminster Bank; South Amboy, NJ The Dana Library, Rutgers University; Newark, NJ

Bibliography - Catalogs - Publications

'A Guide to Drawing' 8th edition, published by Cengage Learning, "Untitled, 1989, graphite on canvas 2010 The Still Lifes of Robert Kogge: More Than Meets the Eye, by Allison Malafronte, American Artist, Sept. 2010 issue, pp. 64 -70. 2010 Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work, by Michael Fleishman, Delmar Cengage Learning publication, pp. 259 - 260 2009 New American Paintings, The Open Studios Competition; Open Studios Press; Boston, MA; Vol. 81, 2002 Vol. 39, 2000 Vol. 27, 1998 Vol. 15 2009 Drawing "Untitled' graphite on canvas, 1990; used as reference resource by Instructor Mary Kenny, Sierra Nevada College for Drawing 121 - 1: Beginning Drawing, Spring Syllabus 2009 Drawing "Untitled' graphite on canvas, 1990; used as reference resource by Professor Denise Johnson, Chaffy College for Art 14, Introduction to Drawing, Theme #8 2008 "Timeless: The Art of Drawing," The Morris Museum, 9/30-10/21, Morristown, NJ 2008 "Sprawl" NJ Arts Annual: The Jersey City Museum, 3/08, Jersey City, NJ 2000 The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Inc., Millennium Report, "Still Life with a Light," 1996 2000 "Art: A Community Connection" by Elson Kattar and Marilyn Stewart; published by Davis Publications, Inc.; Worcester, MA; 2000. "Untitled," 1989. 1999 Art for the Fifth Grade, Curriculum Center of the Ministry of Education and Culture Publishers, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999; "Still Life with a Light," 1995 1998 New Jersey Annual: Fine Arts 1998, The Montclair Art Museum 1994 NJ Fine Arts Annual, NJ State Museum 1996 New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Fellowship Exhibition, Jersey City Museum 1997 Drawings: A Contemporary Approach, 4th and 5th Edition, by Claudia Betti and Teil Sale, 1997, Harcourt Brace College Publishers; Ft. Worth, TX, 1996 "Untitled" 1991, graphite on canvas 1997 Current Perspectives of Urban Landscape; 1997, New Jersey State Museum Modularist Review; Cover, Needlepoint Publications; New York, NY 1980

Bibliography - Newspapers

Bischoff, Dan. "Art by hand: Regional drawing throughout the century" The Sunday Star Ledger, Oct. 5 2008 Sozansky, J. Edward. "New Talent Emerges." The Philadelphia Enquire, July 8, 2000 Zimmer, William. "An Appraisal of the Urge to Innovate." New York Times, (New Jersey Section). July 19, 1998. Pg. 13. Zimmer, William. "Not Your Average Bucolic Landscapes." New York Times, (New Jersey Section). March 30, 1997. Pg. 9 Raynor, Vivien. "Show of Agreeable Images: Landscapes in Many Forms." New York Times, (New Jersey Section). July 17, 1994. Zimmer, William. "A Robust Presentation in Art Annual at State Museum." New York Times, (New Jersey Section). June 5, 1994. Weinstein, Ann. "Big Apple' serves up an exciting slice of modern art." Roanoke Times & World - News. April 1, 1990. Pg. 6. Quick, Susan. "Fine Lines." Nashville Banner. September 27, 1988. p. B1.