Ken Cosgrove | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Ken Cosgrove



A New England native, Ken trained at Ringling School of Art and Design where he earning a BFA studying classical painting with Morris Mitchell and Loran Wilford. His early years as an abstract painter were influenced by the structural simplicity of the works of contemporary painters such as Robert Motherwell and Franz Klien.  In more recent years he is strongly influenced by the New York Ashcan School painters of the early 20th century, Robert Henri, George Bellows and Thomas Eakins, among others. However, no artist has provided stronger influence than Kathe Kollwitz.

Ken has also explored his craft through graphic design and illustration. Clients have included The White House, Apple Computers, The National Air and Space Museum and The National Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others. More recently he has been commissioned to illustrate two books. His work has been exhibited nationally and regionally in permanent and private collections.

It is the simplest of statements that is offered in Ken’s work for he believes that it is through simplicity that clarity and impact are revealed.

Artist Statement

Eyes widen to take in more light, color. Ears tune to hear unfamiliar sounds.  It is all familiar — yet it is all new. I have been here before and yet, it is an ever uncharted journey. The subjects that inspire my work create a similar experience.  They come from somewhere instinctive within. Perhaps the sanctuary of nostalgia — rich and familiar. Yet creativity demands a more cognitive experience. Eyes widen to light they’ve never before seen. Ears tune to hear even higher pitches. Fingers unfurl and muscle fibers reach for more. Learn, teach, grow.

For me, connection to others is the medium of artistic growth. It is that collaboration — tenuous and precious — that becomes the language of joy, grief or sympathy expressed  in a brushstroke or a line. I work to express the need for that life-connection.  The quest is not to find the answer but to continually ask the question.  To find the balance between student and teacher.

AIR Term ends November 2014