I think the role of texture, whether physical or rendered, plays a more important part in the visceral presence and visual impact of artworks than is often mentioned. It is frequently overshadowed by the more overt characteristics of a painting or drawing. There are artists, however, for whom texture a major component in their artistic voice, to the point where its presence and power can’t be ignored.
Robert V. Kogge deliberately works with muted color palettes and narrow ranges of value to let the textural elements of his work come to the fore. At one point in his career, Kogge says he found his preparatory drawings for paintings taking on a life of their own, becoming finished works, and he started drawing directly on unprimed canvas with graphite.
He currently works with colored pencil, a medium that lends itself well to expressions of texture, on canvas with washes of colored ink.
Though you will find cityscapes in his oeuvre, it is his still life images that captured my attention. They invite you to enter slowly, revealing their individual elements gradually, each emerging in turn from the composition to take its place in your attention.
Within the subdued color and value range, Kogge finds a wealth of subtle variation, combined with beautiful textural surfaces, both rendered in his images, and expressed through the canvas surface on which they rest.