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. This process builds connections across generations and acts as a collaboration with artist of the distant past. Connecting with artists and events from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Early Americas; histories that have shaped humanity. Using bold linework and vibrant colors, works from the annals of art history feel ever more present. This mixture of classical and contemporary presents something familiar yet entirely new.
Simons 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. Connecting visitors with the locale and the importance of its history.
Simon currently makes his art at his studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn while also working 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.