Size: 40"W x 30"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2015
"Reach" began as a single-session free improvisation. I didn't know what I was going to paint when I started, I just had a vague idea with some intersecting lines. Soon after I began, I saw a figure emerge, stretching across the canvas, and some round shapes bouncing around the space. I used a limited color palette for this piece, only phthalo blue, cadmium orange, rose madder, and titanium white.
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, and subjects exist according to their own rules. I use my brushes to direct the flow of energy around my canvases, often 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.