More Cityscapes in Oil and Watercolor

Kim Cogan, John Salminen, Arthur Chartow, and David Kapp take the ever-changing city as their subject. When asked about their influences, they mentioned not only painters but also novelists. Here are more pictures of their work and lists of their always interesting and sometimes surprising influences.

Kim Cogan was born in Pusan, Korea, in 1977, but moved to the United States at a young age. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Academy of Art College (now Academy of Art University) in San Francisco and shows his work at Gallery Henoch in New York City. To see more of his work, visit
Soho Rooftops (oil, 56x84) by Kim Cogan
Soho Rooftops (oil, 56×84) by Kim Cogan
Catch of the Day (oil, 58x56) by Kim Cogan
Catch of the Day (oil, 58×56) by Kim Cogan

Art Spirit by Robert Henri (originally published in 1923; Basic Books, 2007)
Subway Art by Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper (Thames and Hudson and Henry Holt, 1984)
Vincent Van Gogh (French, 1853–1890)
Richard Deibenkorn (American, 1922–1993)
Wayne Thiebaud (American, 1920– )

John Salminen has twice won the American Watercolor Society’s gold medal. He shows his work in the American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri; the San Marino Gallery in Pasadena, California, and the Scottsdale Fine Art Gallery in Arizona. To see more, go to
Washington Square (watercolor, 33x37) by John Salminen
Washington Square (watercolor, 33×37) by John Salminen
North Beach, San Francisco (watercolor, 32x37) by John Salminen
North Beach, San Francisco (watercolor, 32×37) by John Salminen


John Updike (American, 1932–2009), most famous for his Rabbit series that chronicled the life of Henry “Rabbit” Angstrom, but also influential as a literary and art critic.
Saul Bellow (Canadian-American, 1915–2005), famous for novels of Chicago: The Adventures of Augie March, Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Seize the Day, etc.
Irwin Shaw (American, 1913–1984), screenwriter, playwright, novelist, who was blacklisted during the Joseph McCarthy era and lived in Switzerland.
Joseph Mitchell (American, 1908–1996), writer of profiles for The New Yorker.

George Bellows (American,1882–1925)
Reginald Marsh (American, 1898–1954)
John Sloan (American, 1871–1951)
Donald Stoltenberg (American, 1927– )
Morris Jack Shubin (American, 1920– )
Willem DeKooning (American, 1904–1997)
Franz Kline (American, 1910–1962)

Arthur Chartow earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has shown his work at Sherry French Gallery in New York and the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio. To see more, visit
Calumet (oil, 18x49) by Arthur Chartow
Calumet (oil, 18×49) by Arthur Chartow
Geometry of Zug (oil, 36x38) by Arthur Chartow
Geometry of Zug (oil, 36×38) by Arthur Chartow


Influences/Cities and Writers
Franz Kafka’s Prague and Vienna
E. L. Doctorow’s New York
Theodore Dreiser’s New York
Mark Helprin’s imaginary New York in Winter’s Tale.
Elmore Leonard’s Detroit

(Giovananni Battista) Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)
Pieter Bruegel (Flemish, 1525–69)
Jan Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675)
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Charles Sheeler (American, 1883–1965)

Born in New York City, David Kapp shows his work at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City; at Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, California, and at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has won awards from the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. To learn more, go to
Long Island Expressway (oil, 48x60) by David Kapp
Long Island Expressway (oil, 48×60) by David Kapp
Summer Crowd (oil, 70x60) by David Kapp
Summer Crowd (oil, 70×60) by David Kapp


Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954)
Willem de Kooning (American, 1904–1997)
Richard Deibenkorn (American, 1922–93)
Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–92)
Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903)
Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Albert Marquet (French, 1875–1947)
Paul Strand (American photographer, 1890–1976)
Alexander Rodchenko (Russian Constructivist painter and photographer, 1891–1956)

To read more about these artists see the October 2010 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.



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