Marcus Cope

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    Marcus Cope, Young Men Do Stupid Things 2020 Oil, charcoal and soft pastel on primed paper, 29.6 x 21 cm Courtesy the artist

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    Installation view, Signs of the City, UBM plc. 2013 Marcus Cope, Buy Neon Cancer, Sell Photo: Dan Weill

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    Marcus Cope , from the Made in Lemba series, 2014 Ink and oil on paper, 21 x 297 cm each

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    Marcus Cope, Buy Neon Cancer 2012/2013 Oil paint, oil pastel, charcoal, pencil, found paper, plywood 72 x 52 cm

Born 1980 Bath, Marcus Cope lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Coventry University (2002), and MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2006).

Cope's figurative drawings and paintings are largely based on specific memories. They might feature someone who he has met or encountered only very briefly, or someone much closer, his daughter or mum for example. He uses as a starting point that memory to develop an image, collaging elements in his mind over a period of time before committing to paper or canvas. They are often based on memories of time spent in Cyprus, a country he has been visiting regularly since doing a residency at the Cyprus College of Art in 2003.

Selected solo exhibitions include In the Balance, Etc, (virtual) Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2020): Moonlighting, studio1.1, London (2018); All the Chairs Are Broken, studio1.1, London (2015); Another Man's Patter, Pluspace, Coventry (2014); Made in Lempa, studio1.1, London (2014); and My First New York Show: Looked Good on Paper, Neue Froth Kunsthalle, Brighton (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Home and Unhome, GCAD, Chongqing (2020/21); ' yet untitled', studio1.1, London (2020); Vision X, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2019); Pareidolia, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London (2019); Modern Finance, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); Indoor Voices, Greystone Industries, Suffolk (2019); Mind Out, A.P.T. Gallery, London (2016); and Nature Morte, Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway and touring (2016-17).

Last updated: 19.03.2021


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