James Cochran (artist)

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James Cochran (aka Jimmy. C), born 4 June 1973 in England, is an Australian artist best known for his urban narrative paintings and for his drip painting style.

Self Portrait 2005, Acrylic Lacquer on canvas.

Aerosol Art and early career[edit]

In the late 1980s Cochran contributed to the development of the graffiti scene in Adelaide and went on to paint a range of mural commissions throughout South Australia. He also coordinated a number of community arts projects aimed at giving aerosol art a broader acceptance in the community and to teach painting techniques to adolescents interested in the art form. In the 1990s he adopted the alias 'Jimmy. C' and become well known for his aerosol art murals and his work in city and regional communities across Australia.

Artistic development[edit]

After completing his arts degree in 1997 and then his Master of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2002, Cochran became known for his urban realist narrative paintings, painted in oil, and often depicting the marginalized human subject in the context of the urban environment. He sometimes used religious or mythological allegories to illustrate the existential or spiritual plight of the contemporary subject in the city.


David Bowie graffiti by James Cochran finished in June 2013.[1]

His two interests in graffiti and oil painting converged in 2004, leading to the development of Cochran's signature aerosol pointillist style; portraits or urban landscapes painted entirely from blobs of spray paint. This technique developed into what he called the 'drip paintings' and the 'scribble paintings', composed of layers of coloured drips or energetic lines to form vibrant and poetic cityscapes and portraits. Cochran now lives in London and his canvases and walls can be viewed in cities across the world.



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