Jimmy C (James Cochran)
James Cochran is an Australian artist best known for his urban narrative paintings and for his drip painting style. In the late 1980s Cochran contributed to the development of the graffiti scene in Adelaide and went on to paint a range of mural commissions throughout South Australia. He also coordinated a number of community arts projects aimed at giving aerosol art a broader acceptance in the community and to teach painting techniques to adolescents interested in the art form. In the 1990s he adopted the alias "Jimmy C" and became well known for his aerosol art murals and his work in city and regional communities across Australia.
After completing his arts degree in 1997 and then his Master of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 2002, Cochran became known for his urban realist narrative paintings, painted in oil, and often depicting the marginalized human subject in the context of the urban environment. He sometimes used religious or mythological allegories to illustrate the existential or spiritual plight of the contemporary subject in the city.