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10 June 2009 @ 8pm

artists, conceptual art, painting

Brian Cooper – Oil Paintings

Unconventional oil paintings are so fascinating, especially when they mix realism with the fantastic, and Brian Cooper‘s work is no exception.  I think I could get lost in these paintings.

Stuck in the Finite, Longing for the Infinite
2009, oil on panel, 8″ by 10″

The Romance of Space and Time
2008, oil on canvas, 48″ by 36″

Check out the actual scale of the painting in context:

Many more images and detail shots in his gallery.

About his work, Cooper writes:

I’m interested in our age old desire to rise out of the everyday. Over and over, we strive for some sort of escape or transcendence while ultimately falling short. In painting we see this desire from antiquity to the present, continually visualizing some sort of alternative sense of place or being. My paintings toy with this desire to escape the finite. (…) The paintings make a point to acknowledge their shortcomings even as they uncontrollably fantasize with their spectacle of visual form. Their thirst for daydreaming battles their understanding of its limits.

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