San Francisco painter Kim Cogan’s representations of urban development have become pretty trendy. While the smears, drips and washes of paint have a sort of aesthetic, albeit rather limited and mannered appeal, his work has more to it than simple paint manipulation.
His paintings have a very similar atmosphere to the work of Edward Hopper, in showing the isolation of city living. Where Hopper would often have one or two soulless looking figures, Cogan has removed figures from his work. The sense of anomie that is the result of this strange urban life is ever present.