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Courttney Cooper Mixed Media Drawing "Zinzinnati Oktoberfest," 2011

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Courttney Cooper (Cincinnati, Ohio, 21st century)
Zinzinnati Oktoberfest, 2011
Ink and watercolor drawing on paper
Signed and dated to the lower right
Inscribed to the versos

Courttney Cooper is especially known for his intensely detailed maps generated from his physical and psychological experiences in Cincinnati, Ohio. Using everyday materials such as a bic pen and repurposed paper, he methodically pieces fragments of his life experiences together. His larger drawings typically begin with one sheet of paper to then grow by attaching new pieces as needed. Local landmarks, buildings, streets, and conversations are all recorded from memory. Each line is typically made by several pen marks that when standing back in its entirety, visually creates a wonderfully complex shimmer. More importantly, his work illustrates a sublime moment in time where viewers are able to briefly understand something as complex as a city. In addition, Cooper is always celebrating Oktoberfest in his life and work where you will find references to beer, balloons, pretzels, and German culture, as exhibited in this particular composition.

Cooper’s solo show at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago in spring of 2016 was reviewed in and New City. His 2-person show (with Cole Carothers) at The Cincinnati Art Museum in 2013 was reviewed in CityBeat and AEQAI. He has exhibited extensively in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area including the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky. Cooper recently won The Wynn Newhouse Foundation Award and his work is included in a number of private and public collections including The Cincinnati Art Museum and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. His first solo show at Western Exhibitions, where he is represented, opened in November 2016 and was discussed on Artinfo.


- edgewear, creases, and billowing.


11.0" W x 14.0" H x 0.1" D

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