Robert Kogge's Still Life Gallery

9 Jun 2014

In this special Artist Daily gallery, we present online reproductions of the still life work of Robert Kogge. Because the artist works with muted colors in a very close value range, and uses the heavy weave of the canvas as a dominant part of his subject matter, print reproductions of his artwork do not always capture the clarity of his drawn lines and the subtle contrasts of his delicate washes. In these high-resolution online reproductions, we hope to give you a clearer look at this artist's still life work, created with a unique colored-pencil-and-ink-wash technique.

Still Life For Gerard 2009, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 12 x 14. Collection the artist. All images, methods, and process © Robert Kogge.
Still Life For Gerard
2009, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 12 x 14. Collection the artist.
All images, methods, and process © Robert Kogge.

 

Still Life For Jeff 2007, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 14 x 20. Collection Marge and Matthew Henry.
Still Life For Jeff
2007, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 14 x 20. Collection Marge and Matthew Henry.

 

 Still Life With Blue Moon 2007, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 17 x 16. Collection Juliana Gondik.
Still Life With Blue Moon
2007, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 17 x 16. Collection Juliana Gondik.

 

Still Life With a Candle 2006, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 11 x 17. Collection Martin Roche.
Still Life With a Candle
2006, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 11 x 17. Collection Martin Roche.

 

Still Life With Flour 2001, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 14 x 20. Private collection.
Still Life With Flour
2001, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 14 x 20. Private collection.

 

Still Life With Half Moon 2008, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas. Collection the artist.
Still Life With Half Moon
2008, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas. Collection the artist.

 

Still Life With a Pitcher 2006, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 16 x 22. Private collection.
Still Life With a Pitcher
2006, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 16 x 22. Private collection.

 

Still Life With Spaldeen 2005, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 12 x 20. OK Harris Works of Art, New York, New York.
Still Life With Spaldeen
2005, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 12 x 20.
OK Harris Works of Art, New York, New York.

 

Still Life With Two Quartered Cauliflower 2005, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 14 x 20. Private collection.
Still Life With Two Quartered Cauliflower
2005, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 14 x 20. Private collection.

 


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sandrodacomo wrote
on 10 Jan 2011 8:07 AM

Really beautiful. I am sure these must be seen in real to appreciate his technique even more.

Alessandro

(www-non-solo-arte.com)

ESoberon wrote
on 14 Nov 2011 7:17 PM

I found your page through a Parsons alumni link.

I  want to congratulate you on your work its really

outstanding in evry respect, composition, texture and color.

I am still life painter as well, I graduated Parsons in 1987.

http://www.esoberon.com I presently live in Mexico.

Best regards,

Edgar Soberon

on 10 Jun 2014 11:05 AM

Courtney—

Let me begin by saying that I like these paintings very much. In this world of harsh contrasts and hopped-up color, here we have Robert Kogge exploring the Land of Low Key. In some cases, Kogge seems to be challenging the viewer's eyesight.

It is good to present paintings like this—works that challenge many of the conventions in painting. If nothing else, they can get us thinking in new directions. Kogge's work is based on dialing back both the value contrast and the color intensity at the same time. This can be dangerous to the success of a painting. However, Kogge has been able to do this masterfully. One of the reasons is that these paintings are beautifully designed. I think Kogge is just as much a designer as he is a painter.

At some point the question arises, "Is it safe to try this yourself at home?" As an exercise in values and color control, by all means, yes. As a regular means of your visual expression, probably no. Personally, I believe expression like this has to flow naturally from the artist. It has to be an integral part of what the artist has to say.

As a side comment—Courtney, these are not high-resolution images of Kogge's work. With the Internet you only have 72 pixels an inch to work with. That's low-resolution. A high-res image would be over three times the size of any of these images.

Paul