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 William Nelson Copley  (1919 - 1996)

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Lived/Active: California/New York/Florida / France      Known for: surreal-pop imagery, assemblage

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BIOGRAPHY for William Copley
1919 (New York City)
1996 (Florida Keys, Florida)

California/New York/Florida / France

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surreal-pop imagery, assemblage

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Painter William Nelson Copley (1919-1996), more popularly known by the contraction of his name CPLY,  was born in New York City.  He was adopted by newspaper publisher Colonel Ira C. Copley, who owned newspapers throughout Chicago and Southern California, thus assuring a lifetime of financial independence.

Copley studied at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts from 1932-1936, and Yale University from 1936-1938.  In the U.S. Army from 1942-1946, during World War II, he (showing 500 of 14933 characters).

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