Rob Cocker is a visual artist based in Raleigh, North Carolina focused on abstract and non-objective paintings and pen and ink drawings. His work involves great attention to detail and visual context. As an abstract artist, Rob likes to create work that evokes a sensory response in his viewers, as well as acts as a conversation piece. His work is thought-provoking, yet assimilates well in a wide range of decorative settings, making collecting works separately or as a series, very appealing.
As is common with abstract art, many of Rob’s pieces aren’t of recognizable objects found in nature. While he appreciates that viewers recognize familiar forms in his work, his intention is not to ‘draw things.’ He is interested in spatial relationships and intricate details that communicate a condition or emotion. Rob considers his work “an exploration of the foundations of visual perception” - philosophies he studied while working on his BS in graphic design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In his free time, Rob enjoys travel, drawing, and volunteering with art organizations and other community groups. Rob is currently working on his first sketchbook for the Brooklyn Art Library in Brooklyn, New York. He's also participating in Inktober52 on Instagram.
As an art student, what masters made the greatest impression on you and why?
I’ve always liked Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Marcel Duchamp. Their work really moved me in many ways and not necessarily all good ways. Their works are wild to me - visually stimulating and interesting, but also confusing because, what is it? Miro’s The Red Sun is one of my favorite works, partially because of its vibrancy but also because I've had a print of it hanging for the better part of a decade and I never got tired of it.