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David McCosh (1903 – 1980)

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

19. Bowling, c. 1928

Watercolor on paper, 7 ¾ x 10 ½ inches (unframed), 14 ½ x 16 ½ inches (framed) signed, dated and location lower left as follows: “David McCosh Brittany 1928”, titled “Bowling” lower right


About the Artist

David McCosh was born in 1903 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was an important painter, muralist, and teacher. McCosh studied at Coe College, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Art Students League. He won the Institute’s prestigious John Quincy Adams scholarship and painted in France in 1928. He returned to his native Iowa where he began close associations with Edward Rowan, the Little Gallery, and the Stone City Art Colony. In 1934, McCosh joined the Public Works of Art Program. After exhibiting his pieces and working throughout the Midwest and New York, McCosh accepted a teaching position at the University of Oregon in 1934, where he taught art for the next 36 years. McCosh received three mural commissions from the Treasury Department’s Section of Fine Arts. Many of McCosh’s works from the 1930s and early 1940s draw on American Scene traditions. His later art engaged more with the natural world, most often through an abstract lens. McCosh is listed in Who Was Who in American Art and all other standard references.


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