James Cochran (artist)
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.
Aerosol Art and early career
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.
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.
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 cityscapes and portraits. Cochran now lives in London.
- Official Artist website
- CNN article and video
- The Guardian, UK article
- Mahoneys Catalogue with text by Chris Reid
- Presse Francais (French)
- Paris Art (French)
- "Brixton gets a Bowie mural on the side of Morleys department store, Tunstall Road, SW9". Brixton Buzz. Retrieved 9 February 2014.