Biography from Lee Youngman Fine Art
John Cogan, born in 1953 in Wichita Falls, Texas, now living with his wife and four daughters in New Mexico, is a painter of Western landscape. His education includes a BS Physics, Texas A&M University; MA Physics, Rice University; and Ph.D.Physics, Rice University, with independent study in art education.
Cogan continues to win major awards, one of the most notable being those from Arts for the Parks. In the Top 100 Exhibition, he has had 2 paintings in 1992, 2 in 1994, 3 in 1995, 2 in 1996, 1 in 1997, and 2 in 1999. He received Landscape Award of Merit in 1994; Collectors Award in 1995; Individual Juror Award (Christin Mollring) in 1996, and three paintings were selected for posters by Images of America. John Cogan is a published author in The Artist’s Magazine, “Landscape Painting Pitfalls” September 1993, Art Materials Today, “Capitalize on the Versatility of Acrylic” September/October 1994, and The Artist’s Magazine, “The Varied Faces of Acrylic”, September 1995.
Cogan has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West (twice), Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in America, 2000, The Majesty of the Grand Canyon (This book is a history of the Grand Canyon in Art and features numerous 19th and 20th century artists.) Paintings by John Cogan can be found in many major collections, including San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico, Citizens Bank permanent collection, Burlington Resources, McGraw Hill, Raymond James Financial, and others. He is currently creating a 48″ x 120″ triptych for Bernalillo County Courthouse in New Mexico.
Cogan was one of fifteen artists invited to take part in the Grand Canyon Landscape Painters Expedition sponsored by the Grand Canyon Trust in September, 1999. The artists rafted down the Colorado River and painted the inner canyon to increase awareness of the fragile environment of the Grand Canyon.