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Alison Cooley

Alison Cooley

Growing up in Washington, with its specifically swampy climate, I was always attuned to atmospheres and changing weather patterns. It’s basically what I paint. Most recently I’ve taken this ambient abstraction into a much more intimate zone - an exploration of daily, mostly anonymous, interactions. So often we are thrown into surprising intimacy with strangers and the encounter is visceral. The scent of a wet coat, the recognition of a song leaking from ear buds, the unexpected look at a shaving cut can momentarily engage us in a stranger’s world. A passerby may stun us with an unexpected phrase, captivate us with whimsical makeup, or bury us deep in shadow like a thunderhead. The throwaway exchanges between people navigating a city - invasive and vulnerable, connected yet disconnected - build intricate, fleeting microclimates.  My work acts as a collective portraiture, capturing the shifting fronts and clouds of humans moving through and around each other, leaving elements in their wake.

Education and Featured Projects

Read Alison's most recent interview. 

EXHIBITIONS

“Paper Prodigies,” Sozo Gallery, Charlotte NC, September 2015


“Human Botanica,” Two Person Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, April 2015


Exhibition, SaoHouse, Montreal Canada, November 2013


Solo Exhibition, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket MA, August 2013


Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, April 2013


Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2012


“Sweet Tides,” Solo Exhibition, Thos. Moser Showroom, Washington DC, November 2012

Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2011


Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2010


Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA, March 2009

Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA, August 2009

Solo Exhibition, Hoadley Gallery, Lenox MA, March 2008


Two Person Exhibition, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC, April 2007


Solo Exhibition, Hoadley Gallery, Lenox MA, August 2007


Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA, August 2007

Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA, November 2006


Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA, August 2006

Solo Exhibition, Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley MA, April 2006


“All Paintings Great & Small,” Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme CT, November 2006


Solo Exhibition, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC, October 2005


Two Person Exhibition, Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley MA, January 2005


Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2005

“The Art Colony on Nantucket: 60 Years of Contemporary Art,”
Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Nantucket MA, June 2005

Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA, April 2004


Solo Exhibition, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Washington DC, May 2004


Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2004

“Nantucket in SOHO,” Studio Di Modica, New York City, November 2004


“Artweek 2004” Group Exhibition, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, December 2004


Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2003

Group Exhibition, Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley MA, December 2003


Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA, July 2002

Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA, October 2002

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 8

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 7

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 6

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 5

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 4

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 3

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 2

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Chirograph 1

$ 1,560.00

DESCRIPTION  29.5x41", mixed media work on paper  Read Alison's recent studio visit.  "I’ve always been attracted to drawing and marking in painting," explains Cooley.  "In my latest work, I’m creating...

Alison Cooley

Sweet Phantom

$ 1,200.00

DESCRIPTION 22"x30" mixed media on paper AUTHENTICATION Signed by artist. The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan SHIPPING  Unframed works ship in 5 business days....

Alison Cooley

Rougeuse

$ 1,200.00

DESCRIPTION 22"x30" mixed media on paper AUTHENTICATION Signed by artist SHIPPING Unframed works ship in 7-10 business days. Framed works ship in 10-14 business days.

Alison Cooley

Rougeuse

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Alison Cooley

Skincloud

$ 4,200.00

DESCRIPTION Mixed media on canvas 30x40"  The new series of larger works on canvas continue the exploration of abstraction with an emphasis on articulating (and obscuring) the shapes and colors...

Alison Cooley

Hot Frost

$ 5,800.00

DESCRIPTION Mixed media on canvas 48x48"  The new series of larger works on canvas continue the exploration of abstraction with an emphasis on articulating (and obscuring) the shapes and colors...

Alison Cooley

FormulaX

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DESCRIPTION Mixed media on Arches 300lb hot press paper. ABOUT THE ARTWORK In her latest work, Cooley is exploring painting hard and soft, playing with juxtapositions — neon and flesh...

Alison Cooley

Formula Y

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DESCRIPTION Mixed media on Arches 300lb hot press paper. 22" x 30". ABOUT THE ARTWORK In her latest work, Cooley is exploring painting hard and soft, playing with juxtapositions —...

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