Guy Cobb

American Painter

1963 AD -

Guy Cobb

Guy Cobb was born in 1963 and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1977 Guy and his family were transferred to Jackson, Mississippi where Guy attended four years of prep school and one year at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) before leaving school to join his older brother, Ty Cobb, as a co-founder and performer with the Bud Light Daredevils. The Bud Light Daredevils were an acrobatic basketball show who performed during the half-time of NBA and college basketball games. The BLD performed throughout all 50 states, Europe, Japan, China, Norway, South America, Australia, Israel, and Puerto Rico and were featured on such television shows as ABC's That's Incredible, Incredible Sunday, Showtime's "Super Dave Osborne Show", and Disney's "Mickey Mouse Club".

In 1985 Guy moved to the Missouri Ozarks and began painting during the Daredevil's off-season. His paintings, which he calls his "thorn paintings", are sheets of metal covered with layers of mixed media, including paint, arrows, and locust tree thorns. These paintings explore the relationship between Faith, isolation and violence in the rural heartland. Art critic John Simmons wrote of Guy's work, "'Down in the Valley of Rural Violence' is typical of what Cobb calls his 'thorn paintings.' His use of tortured metal, abstract forms and an overlay of projecting thorns all combine in this and the other paintings in the series to produce statements of anger and frustration. An environment that should be peaceful, pastoral, and filled with the beauty of nature is invaded and degraded by human corruption. These paintings seem to cry out in protest . . ." This exhibit is of interest, and more importantly, Guy Cobb is an artist worth watching. He could well become a real force on the regional art scene." Art critic Camille Howell wrote of Guy's exhibit "...incorporating barbed wire, locust tree thorns and arrow tips, and painted on metal sheets that have been blasted with shotgun pellets, Cobb's works are unsettling, disquieting, and impossible to ignore."

In 1988 and 1989 Guy returned to Ole Miss to study poetry and creative writing under Southern novelist Barry Hannah. He has seen both his poetry and photography published in the literary magazine "Type" and in 2001 his play, "Garden at Memphis" received a staged reading at "Theatre Works" in Memphis. In 1991 Guy married and settled in Memphis where his paintings underwent a dramatic shift from the contemplation of rural isolation and suffering to an exploration of "color therapy" for individuals who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses. Guy's "Tennessee" paintings reflect influences from the school of Fauve's Matisse, Derain, and Dufy, to Rothko's color fields and Mississippian Walter Anderson's natural scenes from Horn Island.

Guy's current work challenges yet another difficult idea…to create visual artworks for the blind. His Braille paintings are heavily textured and incorporate oversized "Braille dots" that allow a visually impaired viewer to physically touch and interpret these contemporary pieces. Brother Robert Werle, Curator at Christian Brothers University in Memphis described Guy's exhibit for the blind in 2006 as "the most discussed and most visited exhibit we have ever had."

Guy Cobb's Works of Art

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thumbnail of Braille America
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thumbnail of Isolation in Summer Silence
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thumbnail of Tennessee Irises for Ethridge Knight
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thumbnail of Tennessee Sunflowers for Diego Rivera
thumbnail of The Intricacies of Madness
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