Size: 40"W x 30"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2013
I created this composition as a metaphor for addiction. Opium poppies grow in a field and up to the edge of a cliff, while a typhoon rages over a dark ocean.
My paintings are a distilled, concentrated reality, with the white noise and distractions of the world filtered out. Colors and shapes are sharper, more vibrant, subjects exist according to their own rules. I use my brushes to direct the flow of energy around my canvases, leaving a thick impasto texture that informs the image as much as line, form, or color. I love the contrast between blended colors and stark flat or textured areas of solid color. In addition to form, my paintings often communicate through narrative, referencing stories from classic literature, mythology or pop culture.
Brandon Cooper (b. 1987) Born into an artistic and musical family, I began my career as a musician, studying at New York University and Rowan University. While at school I took up painting as a hobby, practicing during free time in my dorm (and driving my roommate crazy). My hobby grew until, once finished school, I took up painting full time. Being a trained musician, my paintings have a musical quality, full of vibrant color and thick texture, with lines and bold brushwork singing little melodies across the canvas. Visit BrandonCooperFineArtfor my full catalog of works and exhibition history.