Paintings & Sculpture by Barry Cooper. Curated by Eloise Dunwell
I have been working as a artist since 1970 and I have an MA in painting from the Royal College of Art.
In my painting I have retained an interest in the fragmentation of the image which I continue to find in a fractal space created through planes and elisions inherited from Cubism. Whilst always yearning for a minimalist simplicity the noise of the outside world continuously breaks in. The dominance of the unrepeatable mark is a constant; exploring the three dimensional through the layering of paint. The fourth dimension of time in painting, collaborating with musicians, has always been present and is extended in live improvisations. Performing with jazz pianist John Law explored that space found in earlier monochromatic abstractions.
Chaos is never far from the surface; surrounded by the destruction of life in the wider world and viewed from the perspective of the comparative paradise that has been my lifetime in the UK since 1945.
Through my frequent working visits to the Greek island of Paros since 1998, under the influence of Cycladic and Minoan culture, I continue to make sculpture in clay which reflects a fecund iconography that has also been a consistent undercurrent in my painting over the years.