Inspiration Island

Coo-Coo for Cocuzza

One of my favorite people in the world is visiting me in Seattle at the moment. Julia Cocuzza is one of my college besties, and has remained so throughout the years. We spent a lot of time talking about art, critiquing each other’s work, and partaking in all forms of tomfoolery. One of our favorite pastimes was pointing at something and challenging the other to come up with the proper color palette in order to paint it. Did someone say “nerd alert?”

Julia lives and works in Brooklyn, and was born and raised in Reading, PA. Her work is mostly acrylic, oil, and/or spray paint on canvas, but she has also branched out into installation. She has experience in the illustration and fine art worlds, as well as overseeing urban mural projects. She also co-founded Griot Apparel, a t-shirt design company committed to “keep[ing] people’s history alive through talking about it.” Check out her Etsy store where you can purchase prints. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of Julia’s…

Williamsburg Bridge, Brooklyn Side
oil on canvas / 12×24″ / 2007

Under Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Side
oil on canvas / 17×25″ / 2007

Manhattan Cityscape (Springtime)
oil on canvas / 9×50″ / 2006

Ambition (NYC)
oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas / 48×24″ / 2010

San Sebastian Festival, Old San Juan
oil on canvas / 30×36″ / 2006

Thought Bubble/Vacuum: “Too Much, Too Many People, Too Much”
oil, acrylic, ink, spray paint on canvas / 48×72″ / 2011

New York City Transit
oil on canvas / 48×40″ / 2010

Highway Crop Burning, South Africa
oil, acrylic, & spray paint on canvas / 42×30″ / 2010

Tree, South Africa 2
acrylic on record / 12×12″ / 2010

Outside of Cape Town
oil on canvas / 14×36″ / 2010

City Breathing (Against the Flesh of the Evening)
spray paint & black gesso on canvas / 36×24″ / 2011

Ode to the Cassette Era
oil & acrylic on 3 canvases / 26×10″ / 2008

Untitled (Chrome Cassette Wall from Art 101 Gallery “AUTO-REVERSE” Exhibition)
acrylic & spray paint on cassette tapes / 2010-11

Nina, Griot Apparel


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