Bill Barrell & Arthur Cohen

" Arther Cohen In Mimi Grosses studio " Oil on wood"
” Arther Cohen In Mimi Gross’s studio ” Oil on wood”


" Floating Heat "  46 X 60 O/C 2014
” Floating Heat ” 46 X 60 O/C 2014



It’s going to be a great honor to show with Arthur Cohen at Gallery Ehva  in Provincetown, MA. The Opening is on August 15th. 


Arthur was a great painter and a really close friend. We exchanged so much correspondence that I started what I called ” The Cohen Files”.  He loved the act of writing and seemed unable to write a letter without adding a picture or diagram of what he was writing about. He watched old movies and was influenced by them. If he was into Humphrey Bogart, he would start acting and talking like him. Or it could be Cagney or Karloff. He could do great imitations of them all.

 His Jeep played a big role in his life. It lent itself to Arthur’s penchant for fixing things up Rube Goldberg style. He transformed it into a rolling studio. Pull a string here or push a button there and shades or small paint tables would appear or it would be brush holders with dispensers for turps or cleaning fluids that clipped onto the steering wheel.  There were shades from every angle to cut out the sun.

Great Guy, Great Artist

Brazil.I’m getting a lot of hits from Brazil. But no comments from them. Leave a comment you guys. You can leave it in Portugese. I lived in Lisbon so know a little of that language. Do any of you know Jay Milder? We are partners in a building here in Pensylvania.









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