An artist who retired as a physician to practice art in his studio in Norman for the past two decades has an exhibit at the Objets Trouves gallery, 6504 N Western Ave.
The artist is James Cobb, who said he preferred painting from life – be it still life, figure or landscapes – but added abstract elements to his work.
Typical of this new accent is a little oil called “Primary Colors on Water”. It represents four sailboats at the end of a small jetty. The sails and red-orange and white trim patterns of the boats cast multicolored reflections in the water.
The yellow sagebrush in the foreground with sunny mesas behind them contrasts nicely with a line of distant blue mountains, in Cobb’s “New Mexico Fall”.
Rowboats rather than sailboats bring their rich hues to a “colorful cove” and orange mountains under a green sky create an “Arizona Highways” moment, in two other oils.
In two other color-focused oils, the red and lavender flowers help create “beauty in an alleyway” and a “cypress point” interacts well with the blue of the ocean and sky.
Less colorful and more austere, with shadows playing more of a role, are his oils of a street in “Italia”, and of birch trees by a river, casting shadows on the snow.
The same could be said of his oil of a mud-brown “Century Old Adobe” building and “Aspen in Vail (Colorado)”, which seem to lose some of their color.
The colors are also more subdued in his oil from the tall, delicate and spindly forms of the trees on the coast of “Windswept, Southern California”.
Cobb’s drawings of female models are also treated with a delicate touch, striking but not forced gestural poses, done in storytelling on paper with chalk highlights.
The exhibition is worth visiting until January 8. The gallery, whose name means “found objects”, is open from 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Call 405-593-1063 for more information, or visit http://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/_1u-Czp4WKH88XQRAI4-Tvc?domain=objetstrouvesok.com for more information.
This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: Colors come and go in a former doctor’s art exhibit in Oklahoma City