Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Cody was raised in the Southern California. He found his calling after some small recognition as a youth in a national touring art show. In High School Cody was accepted into Orange County High School of the Arts where he learned the fundamentals of art. In 1996, on a scholarship he won through the “Festival of the Arts”, he attended Laguna College of Art and Design. By the end of college his realism painting skills had developed to a caliber that several galleries wanted to sign him to their roster. Feeling not ready for a professional gallery career, Cody traveled, learned life lessons and grew.
In 2009 after many years of experimenting with materials and techniques and showing in group shows Cody landed his first solo show, “Mustachio rides again” at a gallery called Art from the Hive in Santa Ana, California. In that show he displayed how he evolved from his classically trained roots into contemporary conceptual realist artist – a brush-wielding renegade who takes risks, fears nothing, and rides with no saddle. In fact, the stark contrast between the artist’s humble, soft-spoken nature and his in-your-face work is hard to miss. Cody’s art is defined by talent, technique and a mélange of mixed media, resulting in a vibrant, controlled chaos. Since that first solo show Cody has developed his artwork into a full time career.
With ten solo shows under his belt, Cody has solidified himself as a contender climbing his way up in the new contemporary art market.
I am a painter who can draw, sculpt, print, stencil and install to get my point across… but contemporary realism painting is what I do. My work is divided into different themes. Each theme has a series of artwork that illustrate the central concept of that theme. Though the themes vary with ideas the main focus is to push contemporary realism painting forward. To create this progression I have three consisting elements running through my paintings. Time represented by the segmentation, motion expressed by the blurring of the painted subject matter and place solidified by the photo collaged background.