Photograph of Artist KAREN COOPER
KAREN COOPER
Lipetsk, Russia and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Iowa - United States



Original Artworks (5)

Karen Cooper; Tea On Giustos Veranda, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 50 cm. Artwork description: 241 - enjoying tea on Giusto s veranda, Ulitsa Lenina, Lipetsk- D1/2Ddeg D? NEURDuDoNEURDdegND1/2N<D1 D>> DuN,D1/2D,D1 D'DuD1/2NOE - on a lovely summer day Classic, gallery- look, satin black wood frame...
Karen Cooper
Original Oil Painting, 2016
40 x 50 cm (15.7 x 19.7 inches)
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Karen Cooper; Good Story, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 19 x 27 inches. Artwork description: 241 - a mellow summer day in Lipetsk -mom and son sharing a book in Bykhanov Cad parkClassic, gallery- look, satin black wood frame...
Karen Cooper
Original Oil Painting, 2016
19 x 27 inches (48.3 x 68.6 cm)
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Karen Cooper; One Hot Day On Sovetskaya, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 50 cm. Artwork description: 241 Ulitsa Sovetskaya, waiting for the crossing signal, soaking up the sunshineblack canvas floater framelovely in red...
Karen Cooper
Original Oil Painting, 2016
40 x 50 cm (15.7 x 19.7 inches)
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Karen Cooper; Vegetable Sellers The Corner, 2016, Original Painting Oil, 27.5 x 27.5 inches. Artwork description: 241 Vegetable Sellers, The Corner of Gagarina and Gornyatskaya, Owning this cornerVegetable sellers on the corner of1075 1072 1075 1072 1088 1080 1085 1072 1080 1075 1086 1088 1085 1080 1072 1090 1072 1081 1089 1082 1072 1103 , LipetskClassic, gallery- look, satin black wood frame...
Karen Cooper
Original Oil Painting, 2016
27.5 x 27.5 inches (69.8 x 69.8 cm)
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Karen Cooper; Pretty Scarf In Bryansk, 2017, Original Painting Oil, 12 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 from the seriesLooked Out The Bus Window And There You Were- a woman in a beautiful scarf, done in lots of lovely red...
Karen Cooper
Original Oil Painting, 2017
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
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Artist Statement


Karen Cooper
httpwww.karencooperpaintings.com
karencooper@karencooperpaintings.com

My current work is a free-form play in usage of the phrase “visual communication”.
People say they enjoy people watching as a leisure activity.
I do it with intensity. And then I paint it.
My goal in my work is to awaken in viewers the ability to visually recognize the commonalities shared with people around them, so to encourage feeling part of a larger whole, to belong.
The current work is oil on canvas, a few are acrylic on canvas.
All are focused on people and their daily routines, and the thought-provoking images they make.
It’s the simple stuff that we all do, but when you attach it to a person, it communicates something of each one of us, to the other of us. And then there occurs that magic moment in which a story appears.
I like the quote attributed to Matisse
“I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”
And what is a painting, if not for that magic moment that the artist wants, and needs, to share



CV - Karen Cooper

Karen Cooper
karencooper@karencooperpaintings.com
httpkarencooperpaintings.com

born Nebraska
currently living and working in Lipetsk, Russia – thru 12 20 2017
USA address, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
+7 960 145 5274 while in Russia
712 346 8347 while in USA
1 319 329 1598 Iowa rep

Education
-University of Nebraska
-recent workshops Kim English, Marc Hanson
-ongoing study with Anna Kushnareva

Prior gallery representation
2010-2014
Dundee Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska, Jean Imray, owner, gallery closed
2008-2014
Wine Bar Art Gallery, Okoboji, Iowa, Deidre Rosenboom owner, gallery sold. deidre.rosenboom@me.com
2017
QuadCityArtCenter, in Rock Island, Illinois, guest exhibit, February 8th - March 24th, 2017, Director, Dawn Wohlford Metallo. DWMetallo@quadcityarts.com

Recent exhibits
2017
-Two person show, QuadCityArts Center, Rock Island, Illinois
February 8th - March 24th, 2017
2016
- Creatures Great And Small, juried exhibit, OTLAG Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa. Two paintings accepted into exhibit.
-GALEX 2016, juried exhibit, Galesburg Civic Arts Center, Galesburg, Illinois. One painting accepted into exhibit.
2015
-Everybody Dance, group exhibit, a collaboration of Quad City Arts, with Ballet Quad Cities
-Art EMC 2015, juried selection for permanent collection. Painting purchased and installed in EMC Insurance corporate gallery.
-group exhibit, charcoal pencil portraits from life drawing group participants, Lipetsk, Russia
-Women’s Work 2015, juried exhibit, Old Courthouse Art Gallery, Woodstock, Illinois. Painting exhibited sold.
2014
-Solo show, Greene Bean Coffee, Jefferson, Iowa
2013
-Three person show, Urbandale Library Gallery space, Urbandale, Iowa
2012
-Living Relaxed, a solo showing of 36 paintings at the gallery space of Iowa State Memorial Union, Ames, Iowa
-Solo show, All Ability Cycles, Jefferson, Iowa
2011
-Figurative, a six-person show, Deerpath Art League, Lake Forest, Illinois
-Octagon Juried Exhibit, Octagon Arts Center, Ames, Iowa, one painting juried into exhibit
-Galex 45, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois, juried art competition, one painting selected for exhibit
2010
-Best Of Show, Linn Creek Arts Festival, Marshalltown, Iowa
-Solo show, Wine Bar Art Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa
-Solo show, Clear Lake Art Center, Clear Lake, Iowa
-Galex 44, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, Illinois, juried art competition, two paintings selected for exhibit
2009
-Solo show, State of Iowa Library, Des Moines, Iowa
2008
-Wanda Skogerboe Exhibit, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa, one painting selected for exhibit
-Featured artist “The Daily Palette”, University of Iowa
-Go Figure, Three person show, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa
2007
-Solo show, Sanford Art Gallery, Cherokee, Iowa
-Wanda Skogerboe Exhibit, Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa, two paintings selected for exhibit
2006
-Four Person Show, Deer Path Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois
2005
-Maestros and Masterpieces Exhibit, Quad City Art Center, Rock Island, Illinois

Scheduled exhibits
2017
-Solo exhibit, Octagon Art Center, Ames, Iowa, August 17th – September 30th, 2017

Collections
Works held in private, corporate and charitable collections in Canada, England, and the United States including
-EMC Insurance, Des Moines, Iowa
-Methodist Women’s Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska
-Spencer Hope Church, Spencer, Iowa
-Camp Foster YMCA, Okoboji, Iowa

Writing
httpkarencooperpaintings.comblog












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