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Don Cooper

Phyllis Weil

Don Cooper has found a way to extend the pastoral mode into the late 20th century by making it responsive to our awareness of the psychological terrors present in our everyday lives. In the seven paintings and four pastels shown here, as in his earlier work, the artist addresses the alienation of man from nature, the intertwining of memory and imagination, and the interpenetration of the earthly and spiritual realms. While all of these themes are familiar ones, Cooper’s particular angle of vision is unlike anyone else’s. Rather than encapsulating our current chaos by employing expressionist brushwork (a sign of angst) or developing a system of signs derived from mass media and abstraction (the academic intellectualization of despair), he has evolved an approach in a very different and, to my mind, potent direction.

Cooper’s crisp depiction of images owes something to the earnest, accurate

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