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Born 1952 in Los Angeles, Larry Cohen received his BA from the University of California Santa Barbara and his MFA from UCLA in 1976.
Since then, he has exhibited in galleries throughout Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. His work can be found in the collections of The Oakland Museum of California, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, and the Transamerica Corporation. He was the winner of the 1996 Open Studios First Pacific Coast Competition. He is best known for his paintings that depict distant views of California cityscapes.
...Concurrently, in the adjoining galleries, Larry Cohen will present his latest plein air paintings of Southern California, or as they say in Hollywood, made “on location.” In fact, Cohen is recognized as one of the most accomplished plein air painters of our constructed environment. Over the course of his four-decade career, Cohen has, like Monet and his haystacks, painted the same scenes and perspectives at various times of day and in a range of atmospheric conditions. As Lawrence Weschler suggested in his 1998 article L.A. Glows, there is something unique about the light in L.A. Larry Cohen’s work serves as witness to the phenomenon. [Dated: July 12 - August 23, 2014]
“Bruce’s pictures have this other sense,” explains his older brother Larry, a gifted landscape painter who has been Bruce’s best critic since they decided at the same moment to become painters. “They are a little bit strange.”
...his brother Larry introduced him to Paul Wonner, who became a mentor to both young men. “Wonner was somewhat against the grain; a representational painter.” Larry recalls. “For 35 or more years he helped us out, and that had a huge effect.”...“There is a hint of something else,” says Larry Cohen of his brother’s pictures. He has been...