Simon Cooper is a visual artist and painter based in New York City. A passion for history and a love of painting, Simons work is a marriage of the two. Simon takes inspiration from significant figures and events from the past, imagery from across art history, and reimagines them in his own distinct style. His process creates connections across generations and becomes a collaboration with artists of the distant past. Connecting with artists and events from various eras including the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Early Americas; histories that have shaped humanity. Using bold line work and vibrant colors, works from the archives of art history feel ever more contemporary and present. This mixture of classical and contemporary presents something familiar yet entirely new.
Simon’s most notable projects as of late were in collaboration with Husk Restaurant in Savannah, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina. Both projects examined the founding and historically significant events of the two cities. A series of over 10 large paintings tell these stories and hang within each restaurant in order to connect visitors with the locale and the importance of its history.
Simon currently makes his art at his studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn and also works at the Brooklyn Historical Society. He earned a B.F.A. in illustration and Printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. Simon continues to exhibit drawings and paintings throughout the United States and is always on the look out to paint murals.