Courttney Cooper 2009 Acrylic Painting on Wood "Fish"
Courttney Cooper (American; b. 1977)
Acrylic on wood
Signed and dated to lower right
Inscribed to verso
From the studios of Visionaries + Voices – a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities.
An acrylic painting on wood titled Fish by Cincinnati-based artist Courttney Cooper (b. 1977), created in 2009. This work features an array of fish in various sizes and vibrant colors, portrayed with simple delineations, loose forms, and large gestural brushstrokes. Signed and dated to the lower right, the work remains unframed. The medium, titled, and dimensions of the work are inscribed to the verso, and a descriptive label from Visionaries + Voices is present to the board verso.
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.
Cooper’s solo show at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago in spring of 2016 was reviewed in artforum.com 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.
(Biography courtesy of Visionaries + Voices)
- minor wear along painting edges.