Robert Cottingham

Color lithograph

Image size:  21 x 20 7/8 inches (53.3 x 53 cm)
Paper size:  23 x 22 7/8 inches (58.4 x 58.1 cm)
Edition of 100
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower left, numbered lower right
(Inventory #26241)


Image size:  30 x 30 inches  (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Paper size:  35 3/16 x 35 inches  (89.4 x 88.9 cm)
Edition of 40
Signed ‘Cottingham’ lower right, numbered and titled lower left
(Inventory #25929)


Edition of 40
Image size: 20 5/8 x 20 5/8 inches (52.4 x 52.4 cm)
Paper size: 26 x 25 5/8 inches (66 x 65.1 cm)
(Inventory #21454)

Black and white lithograph

Edition of 28
Signed and dated lower right,titled and numbered lower left
Image size:  24 7/8 x 20 inches (63.2 x 50.8 cm)
Paper size:  32 1/8 x 27 1/8 inches (81.6 x 69 cm)
(Inventory #17885)

Radio City Deli
Two-color offset lithograph on paper

Image size:  14 x 14 1/4 inches  (35.6 x 36.2 cm)
Paper size:  20 1/4 x 20 3/8 inches  (51.4 x 51.8 cm)
Edition of 150
Signed lower right, titled and numbered lower right
(Inventory #31743)

Additional Information

Robert Cottingham studied advertising and graphic design at Pratt Institute in New York from 1959 to 1963. Soon after graduating, he was employed as an art director at New York and Los Angeles advertising agencies, where he was involved with all aspects of design and production. Eager to advance his career as an artist, Cottingham eventually began to paint every day after work.

Even his earliest paintings were of the same style, character, and subject matter for which he is known: precisely rendered images of neon signs, architectural details, storefronts, and other elements of the American urban landscape. His first solo exhibition took place at the Molly Barnes Gallery in Los Angeles in 1968. He moved to London in 1972 and returned to the United States in 1976 after running out of photographs—the primary visual material he uses in his paintings. He considered his urban subjects purely American and would not consider a visual substitute.

Cottingham has taught at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and the National Academy of Design in New York City. He now lives and works, paradoxically, on an eighteenth century farm in Newtown, Connecticut.

National Museum of American Art (CD-ROM) (New York and Washington D.C.: MacMillan Digital in cooperation with the National Museum of American Art, 1996)