On March 30, 2012 painter Sally Cooper won Second Place for her acrylic abstract “Emergence” in the opening reception for Women In The Visual Art’s (WITVA) exhibit, “Artistic Visions II,” at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. A member of a number of art organizations including WITVA and the Boca Museum Artists’ Guild, this experimental artist has been winning awards for many years.
A painter all of her life, in the late eighties she began to actively pursue her creative talents, and by 1990 she was awarded an annual art award from Broward Community College. In the mid nineties she moved from detailed representational work and began to seek the abstract. By 2000, image reference was left behind and her style evolved into explosions of color, markings and movement. Her work has been included in numerous regional and national competitive exhibitions, receiving awards in most.
“My work is centered on the actual experience and expression of feeling and emotion through gestural, vigorous brushwork. I experiment with water media,” states the artist. “I have been influenced by the Abstract Expressionists de Kooning, Kline and Motherwell for their spontaneous approach to their work and by the painting and calligraphy of the Zen monks who believed in the power of the brushstroke and used it as a form of meditation to release and convey the inner power of the spirit. This form of artistic expression appeals to me because it is dramatically bold, spontaneous and highly intuitive.”
No doubt it is her bold, spontaneous style that led to her receiving First Place in 2004 and Second Place in 2006 in the Experimental category of The Artist’s Magazine’s national competitions for her paintings “Red Symphony IV” and “Penumbra III,” respectively. There were over 10,000 entries in each competition. Carla O’Connor, Experimental Art Juror, said of Cooper’s work,“The first-place winner, Sally Cooper’s Red Symphony, is an outstanding painting—it’s just beautiful. The artist really pushed the limits and it looks as if she were going more for the process than the finished product. I could also feel some real energy in this painting and it came out spectacularly. The red makes a loud noise—red doesn’t whisper.”
To see her powerful paintings “Emergence” and “Aquascape,” make sure to visit the Armory Art Center by May 2, 2012. The Armory is located at 1700 Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For now, please enjoy the slideshow.
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