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 Ed Copley  (1944 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: figure, western genre, religion

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Biography from Nichols Taos Fine Art Gallery:
Ed Copley was born July 4, 1944.  He is a member of the prestigious ASCR, American Society of Classical Realism, AIC, American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works and co-founder of WAA, Western Artists of America.  He is one of the 1,000 registered in Washington, D.C. for restoring works of art on canvas, wood panels and oil paintings on copper.  Ed attended two fine art schools; CCAD, Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Famous Artists School. 

After his training, his career started as a commercial illustrator.  He spent many years as a successful illustrator and painting conservator before turning to fine art full time.  When Ed is not working in his studio, he devotes a portion of his time researching tribes, sites, and events in order to create a scene.  A lot of time is devoted to finding the right models and clothing for that scene. His work pattern is one that allows him to mix a palette, rotate between paintings and work through an evolution of time.  This permits the freedom to let his brush work flow through layers of paint and allow for the drying time between the canvases.  He likes to do a lot of glazing with his colors. His paintings come to life with marvels of light and color that show the power of his technique and expression, capturing the realism of the people he portrays. Even in his landscapes there has to be a certain amount of light and drama in order to make a perfect composition.

 The knowledge he has gained over the years restoring old master paintings has helped him to understand their techniques and methods, which he incorporates with his own creative ability.  At times he is commissioned to recreate certain old master paintings for collectors who wish to have a copy of a painting they had seen in a museum.  With his dramatic use of light and color, Copley's art work continues to be in great demand and is included in museums and private collections throughout the world.

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