(1919 - 1996)
William Nelson Copley was active/lived in California, New York, Florida / France. William Copley is known for surreal-pop imagery, assemblage.
Biography William Copley
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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 fought throughout Italy and North Africa.
In 1947-1948, he was Director of Copley Galleries in Beverly Hills, Calif. in partnership with his brother-in-law John Ployardt, where he exhibited Surrealists Rene Magritte, Joseph Cornell, Matta, Y
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