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 Cody Hooper  (1978 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas/New Mexico      Known for: graphic design, abstraction

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Biography from Thornwood Gallery:
Cody Hooper grew up in North Texas and now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His passion for art began at a young age. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, along with the beauty of the Southwest landscape, inspiring his interest in fine art.  

Hooper was given the opportunity to study under Southwest watercolor artist Barbara Hughes for several years. This set his foundation as an artist and throughout his early years as he focused primarily on realistic watercolors.

After many years of painting in watercolors, Hooper moved forward, experimenting with abstracts in various mediums. This pushed him to expand his horizons and tap into new areas of painting he had not yet explored. There was an obvious freedom and personal expression with abstraction and it was then that he really began to flourish.  He was deeply interested in the effects of color, texture and the emotional response to strong composition and design. By removing the representational and creating something that told a story without an observational subject matter was very exciting.

Today, Hooper's work is a bold mix of styles, ranging from sleek and contemporary to weathered and organic. He brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to his paintings through a unique balance of color, composition and texture. His work is exhibited in the most prestigious galleries and featured in private and public collections worldwide.

Artist Statement
I was a born artist and drawing consistently starting at age four. I was fortunate to study under professional Barbara Hughes for three years. I took studio art classes and advanced Life Drawing and Color Theory courses in a local community college while studying graphic design and marketing. I obtained my design degree and went on to be a graphic designer in the architectural sign business for six years.

During my design career I wasn’t being able to feed that creative hunger so I began painting on the side again and landed representation in a local gallery in Austin. Soon I was selling work and decided to visit Santa Fe. I instantly fell in love with the energy and creativity of the city. I found a nice gallery here that was a perfect fit and as soon as they opened the door for me I made the decision to move here. I now paint full time in Santa Fe with representation in the SW market.

Most of my artistic inspiration comes from nature and textured materials. When I was younger I painted landscapes and old trees. I was inspired by the subtle colors and rough textures of stone. I was intrigued by the old objects, weathered walls, oxidized metals and historical papers. I like to replicate this sensibility and texture in my work.

Coming from a watercolor background I enjoy painting in layers.  I slightly thin my paint or use glazes for transparency and let the textures and colors build with each layer. At times I may sand down portions of the piece, letting the colors from underneath come through. I like to create work that has amazing depth and under-glowing effects to evoke a certain richness missing in abstract art today.

Thank you for following my journey!

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