dominic cooper

dominic cooper

Vibonati, SA, Italy

About dominic cooper

Born 1960
It is a fact that truth cannot be found in appearance, the genetically adapted eye with its restrictions reveals only the particular. Truth, for me, is more likely to be gleaned within the subject; in the form of intuition. My paintings are therefore intuitive diagrams which I then compose into paintings. The rock tombs of St Patrick's, in Heysham, Lancashire, provided a template for my simplified outlines, which are used not only within the pictorial structure but also as potent symbols of being and its temporal constraints. For me, painting has to be as 'authentic' and 'real' as the expanding universe we find ourselves in.

Education

Master of Arts (Design and Cultural History)

Events

Exhibition Napoli 2014
Daniela Ricci (Art critic for IL Mattino, Italy published Friday 18 April 2014)
(Translation below)
DA Studio 49
Cooper,viaggio nei colori della modernità.
Come in un sogno, linee, segni e oggetti nelle opere di Dominic Shaun Cooper, in mostra allo Studio 49 (fino al 25 aprile, vico Lungo Gelso 49) si intersecano diventando archetipi di mondi immaginari e pianeti inesplorati che, sovrapponendosi tra loro, creano paesaggi racchiusi in arcobaleni di colori. Un cromatismo vivace che fa da sfondo a riflessioni sulla nostra epoca fatta di precarietà e incubi, contraddizioni e antinomie. L’artista, nato in Inghilterra, ma che vive e lavora a Vibonati nel Cilento, con alle spalle un ricco curriculum di studi e ricerche in prestigiose instituzioni inglesi, crea opere minuziose sempre con lo stesso stile compositivo, che si lasciano ammirare sia per i colori accesi che per l’assemblaggio di simboli e spazio architettonico, in un dimensio onirica che allo stesso tempo è anche ironica. Una sorta di narrazione pittorica spontanea e molto personale, non legata ad alcuna corrente o moda artistica, che in chiave contemporanea rivista la grande tradizione dei dipinti classici. Come in un volo acrobatico, Cooper esplora il grande passato della storia dell’arte proponendo una sua visione sarcastica e forse disacratoria: una provacazione per riflettere sulla contemporaneità.

Daniela Ricci (Art critic for IL Mattino, Italy published Friday 18 April 2014)

Translation:
Cooper, A journey in the colours of modernity.
Within the works of Dominic Shaun Cooper at the exhibition in Studio 49 (until 25th April in vico Lungo Gelso 49). Lines, signs and objects are mixed as if in a dream, becoming the archetypes of imaginary worlds and unexplored planets and together they create landscapes held in rainbows of colours. There is a lively chromatism acting as a background to the considerations of our age, an age of precarious nightmares, contradictions and antinomies. The artist, born in England but living and working in Vibonati in Cilento has a rich background of studies and research in the most prestigious English institutions. He creates meticulous works in the same composite style and his paintings can be admired for their bright colours, the combinations of symbols and the architectural space set in a dream-like dimension which is at the same time ironic. A sort of spontaneous and very personal pictorial style, not connected to any artistic trend, he revisits the great traditions of classic paintings in a contemporary way. As in aerobatic flight, Cooper explores the great past of art history offering his very own sarcastic but maybe desecrated vision: a provocation to reflect on contemporaneous events.

Exhibitions

Esposizioni
Cleveland International Drawing Exhibition
Tib Street Gallery Manchester UK
Agora Gallery Broadway, New York, USA
The Arches Gallery Leeds UK
Turin Pre-History Exhibition (group) Italy
Clitheroe Castle, Stewards Gallery UK
Palazzo Vecchio, Vibonati, (SA)
Studio 49, Napoli, Italy
Palazzo Genovese Salerno, Italy
Institut Francais di Napol, Italy