Spotlight: American Artist Cooper Brings His Lush Interiors to London

Maddox Gallery hosted Cooper as its Artist in Residence, and is showcasing the resulting work in "A Closer Look."

Artist Cooper. Courtesy of Maddox Gallery, London.

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What You Need to Know: Taking place over the course of the first half of 2024, the artist Cooper was the exclusive Artist in Residence of Maddox Gallery in London. The experience of living and working in London synthesized with Cooper’s distinctive stylistic execution of color and field, resulting in great productivity, the fruits of which are now on view at Maddox Gallery’s Berkeley Street location in the solo show “A Closer Look.” The exhibition follows the artist’s debut with the gallery in 2022 with “Wild Noise” and subsequent “Wild Life” in 2023 at Maddox Gallery Gstaad—both of which were well received and ultimately entirely sold out. Maddox Gallery Artistic Director Maeve Doyle said, “It has been a pleasure to watch Cooper embrace the opportunity to learn, absorb, and grow, surrounded by so much culture, history, and world-class art. His latest show ‘A Closer Look,’ promises to be another great success for this talented, young artist.”

Artist Cooper painting en plein air in Holland Park, London.

Artist Cooper painting en plein air in Holland Park, London. Courtesy of Maddox Gallery, London.

About the Artist: American artist Andrew Cooper—best known as simply Cooper—is originally from Evansville, Indiana, and is recognized for his vibrant, playful paintings that draw inspiration from scenes and vignettes from everyday life. Though widely relatable and recognizable, there is consistently a sense of the personal and autobiographical in Cooper’s paintings, as the compositions speak to the artist’s lived experiences. With an artistic sensibility that evokes artists ranging from David Hockney and Jonas Woods to Andy Dixon and Danny Fox, Cooper’s work sets itself apart through this personal and a pervasive emphasis on beauty and joy, and, as the artist commented, “The more you look at something, the more beautiful it becomes.”

Why We Like It: Within Maddox Gallery’s flagship Berkeley Street location, which first opened its doors in October 2023, some of Cooper’s most ambitious works come to life. Comprised of floral still lifes, interior scenes, and nature inspired vignettes, some of the works included have been created at the largest scale the artist has worked with to date, including a 15-foot-long painting that takes over a wall of the gallery space.

Immersed within the show, visitors can glimpse the experiences and inspirations that Cooper tapped during his six-month residency in London, emphasizing the ongoing evolution and transformation of his practice. Pieces like Classy Dinner or The Dance (both 2024) evoke the cacophony of flowers that can be found in any number of the city’s expansive parks, while inclusions of artist and design books reference the ongoing practice of the artist to find inspiration from print publications, something that he carried on during the residency.

See featured works below.

Painting by cooper of a dinner setting for two surrounded by bursts of different colorful flowers.

Cooper, Classy Dinner (2024). Courtesy of Maddox Gallery, London.

A painted triptych by Cooper showing a picnic laid out for two with candles and bursts of different colorful flowers.

Cooper, The Dance (2024). Courtesy of Maddox, London.

Cooper, For You and For Me (2024). Courtesy of Maddox Gallery, London.

Cooper, Sail Away (2024). Courtesy of Maddox Gallery, London.

Cooper, Table of Contents (2024). Courtesy of Maddox Gallery, London.

Cooper: A Closer Look” is on view at Maddox Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London, through July 13, 2024.

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