ASHLEY NORWOOD COOPER

PICNIC AT SUNSET

March 4 – April 24th, 2021

With this exhibit Norwood Cooper looks at the edge of the wood as a liminal space of freedom and danger – as life itself has shown to be in this past year – all through this heroic and sometimes humorous lens of the ordinary. 

“Picnic at Sunset is a show of the paintings
I have made during this strange year in the shadow of the vultures. They explore the place where people interact with nature in fear, wonder and uncertainty.”

– Ashley Norwood Cooper, Artist

bright oil on linen painting featuring human figures at a picnic with food

PICNIC AT SUNSET

2020

oil on canvas

76 X 72″ 

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“I Will Die In The Tall Grass With My Headphones On” is a painting about my own death. In this painting there are lots of insects. My dog is trying to defend my body from the vulture, but the cat just walks away from a lost cause. My Buddhist teacher told me to contemplate impermanence and this painting is my contemplation.”

– Ashley Norwood Cooper

I WILL DIE IN THE TALL GRASS WITH MY HEADPHONES ON

2020

oil on canvas

76 X 60″ 

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SUMMER OF THE BLACK SWALLOWTAILS

2020

oil on panel

30 X 36″

FLAMING MARSHMALLOWS

2021

oil on panel

18 X 24″

VESPER

2020

oil on panel

18 X 24″

WHITE CAT

2020

oil on panel

16 X 20″

FIREFLIES II

2020

oil on panel

16 X 20″

“Crying Man With Crone And Black Swallowtails and The Crying Men Are Comforted In the Arms of the Divine Feminine (and also a Beagle) connect to the theme of The Girl’s Room Painting and the many stages of a woman’s life. Crones and Witches live at the edge of the woods. They are healing figures, but also dangerous because they have hard won knowledge and power.”

– Ashley Norwood Cooper

CRYING MAN WITH CRONE AND BLACK SWALLOWTAILS

2020

oil on panel

16 X 16″

BLACK SQUIRREL

2020

oil on panel

12 X 16″

FIREWORKS

2020

oil on panel

12 X 12″

ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Ashley Norwood Cooper’s large-scale imaginative oil paintings 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.

ZINC contemporary is currently working on a series of virtual exhibitions, pop-ups and art fairs to knock your socks off!

 

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