ZINC contemporary is pleased to present New York-based artist Ashley Norwood Cooper. Her large scale imaginative works engender dialogue surrounding the history of male dominance in the art world, while shedding light on the schizophrenic role of the artist-mother-wife-teacher, the multiplicity of which so many women can identify with. Norwood Cooper feels she became a serious artist despite receiving feedback that having kids would diminish her career, instead she observes, “it informs my art even as it devours the time and energy I have to create.” Through the heroic lens of the ordinary, Norwood Cooper creates textural expressive oil paintings that pulse with the idea that “nothing makes a mess like paint and life”.

The Girl’s Room
60 x 48″ oil on panel
2019
SOLD

Cooper applies thick paint by paint brush, palette knife, or her own fingers, adding to the immediacy and idiosyncratic spirit of her work; she revels in the messiness of creation.

The artist construes, “nothing makes a mess like paint. It oozes and stains, drips and streaks, fades, chips and permeates.”

Cooper applies thick paint by paint brush, palette knife, or her own fingers, adding to the immediacy and idiosyncratic spirit of her work; she revels in the messiness of creation.

The artist construes, “nothing makes a mess like paint. It oozes and stains, drips and streaks, fades, chips and permeates.”

Leading up to VOLTA NYC 2020 (#VOLTANYC2020)and the debut of these large scale works with ZINC contemporary, Norwood Cooper has been asked to participate in 14C with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. Recently featured on the “I Like Your Work” podcast and in New American Paintings, Norwood Cooper has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including First Street Gallery, Kathryn Markel Gallery, M David & Co, SUNY Oneota, and ZINC contemporary. She received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University.

Woke
36 x 48″ oil on panel
2019
SOLD

Leading up to VOLTA NYC 2020 (#VOLTANYC2020)and the debut of these large scale works with ZINC contemporary, Norwood Cooper has been asked to participate in 14C with Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. Recently featured on the “I Like Your Work” podcast and in New American Paintings, Norwood Cooper has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States including First Street Gallery, Kathryn Markel Gallery, M David & Co, SUNY Oneota, and ZINC contemporary. She received her MFA in Painting from Indiana University.

Triple Spiral
60 x 48″ oil on panel
2019
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A collector’s thoughts on Cooper’s painting “Pink Goggles”:

“This piece captured the messy, sweaty, sticky reality vortex that is small children and parents who hate swimming pools. What I love most about her work is her spot on sense of ironic humor. This piece makes you laugh. I’ve loved lots of other pieces of her work. Her perspective is always a little askew. Cooper asks us to peer into the life of the family in all their wacky realistic glory.”

A collector’s thoughts on Cooper’s painting “Pink Goggles”:

“This piece captured the messy, sweaty, sticky reality vortex that is small children and parents who hate swimming pools. What I love most about her work is her spot on sense of ironic humor. This piece makes you laugh. I’ve loved lots of other pieces of her work. Her perspective is always a little askew. Cooper asks us to peer into the life of the family in all their wacky realistic glory.”

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