Robert Cottingham (American, b.1935) is an American Photorealist painter. The presence of Americana characterizes the vast majority of Cottingham’s work. His works often reflect a proficient understanding of the interplay between light and perspective. In this way, Cottingham assigns a prominence to illumination that serves to underscore details of the ordinary that normally exist unnoticed. He studied at the Pratt Institute, and received a BFA in 1963. His work has been exhibited in France and across the United States, especially in Southern California, Connecticut, and New York. In 1998, a retrospective of his work was showcased at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Born in Brooklyn, NY
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


ICONES AMERICAINES (Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann)
Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France (solo)
Tandem Press- Robert Cottingham, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA (solo)
New Still Lifes, Forum Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Still Lifes, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Still Lifes, Forum Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Works of Paper Gallery, Philadelphia, USA (solo)
Eyeing America: Robert Cottingham Prints, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (Retrospective) (solo)
Robert Cottingham – An American Alphabet, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA (solo)
Hollywood Stills: House Portraits by Robert Cottingham, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, USA (solo)
Robert Cottingham – An American Alphabet, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, USA (solo)
Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Robert Cottingham, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, USA (solo)
Takda Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Struve Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Robert Cottingham – Rolling Stock Series, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, USA (solo)
Robert Cottingham – Rolling Stock Series, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, USA
Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, USA
Robert Cottingham – Rolling Stock Series, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, USA
Three Universities Collect, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, USA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, USA
Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, USA
Gimpel and Weitzenhiffer, New York, USA
Barbara Fendrick Gallery Washington, DC
Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, USA
Trains and Planes: The Influence of Locomotion in American Painting, Sherry French Gallery New York, USA; traveling exhibition
Coming of Age: Twenty-one Years of Collecting by the Madison Arts Center, Madison Arts Center, Madison, USA
National Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Emporia State University Kansas, Emporia, USA; traveling exhibition
Facing It: Selections from the Ross Turk Collection, Midwest Museum of Art, Elkhart, USA
Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA
Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, USA
Union Station, Hartford, USA
In Defense of Sacred Lands, The Harcus Gallery, Boston, USA
Close Focus: Prints, Drawings and Photographs, National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Instituion Washington, DC
The Detailed Image: Realism Here and Abroad, Harcourts Contemporary, San Francisco, USA
Interiors and Exteriors: Contemporary Realist Prints, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA
Hollywood: Legend and Reality, National Museum of American History Washington, DC
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, USA (Retrospective); traveling exhibition