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Alison Cooley

Alison Cooley

Alison Cooley

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About Alison Cooley

Alison Cooley was born in Washington, DC and studied painting at Sarah Lawrence College. Cooley’s atmospheric abstraction draws on material juxtapositions and a language of repetitive markings, ink blooms, etchings, and organic elements to explore the beautiful, continuous cycles of the natural world. Symbols in the paintings replicate, change, fade, and return through the work creating a subtle tension that examines themes of compliance and resistance, harmony and dissonance, certainty and illusion. Cooley’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Washington, Richmond, and Toronto.

STATEMENT

“Growing up in Washington, with its specifically humid 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.” - Alison Cooley

 

EDUCATION

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY

Corcoran School of Art + Design, Washington DC


EXHIBITION

2019, Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery

2019, Solo Exhibition, Adkins Arboretum

2018, “CrossCurrents” Group Exhibition, Salisbury University

2017, “Future Lovers,” Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery

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

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


2013, Exhibition, SaoHouse, Montreal Canada

2013, Solo Exhibition, Graficas Gallery, Nantucket MA

2013, Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery

2012, Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA


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

2011, Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA

2010, Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA

2009, Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA

2009, Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA

2008, Solo Exhibition, Hoadley Gallery, Lenox MA

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

2007, Solo Exhibition, Hoadley Gallery, Lenox MA

2007, Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA

2006, Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA

2006, Solo Exhibition, Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket MA

2006, Solo Exhibition, Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley MA

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


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

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


2005, Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA

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

2004, Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA


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

2004, Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA

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


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


2003, Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA

2003, Group Exhibition, Page Waterman Gallery, Wellesley MA

2002, Two Person Exhibition, Whitlock Gallery, Nantucket MA

2002, Solo Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond VA

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
“Arts + Power,” DC Modern Luxury
“Eye Candy,” Domino Magazine
“Remembering Space,” Richmond Arts Review
“Alison Hall Cooley at Old Spouter Gallery,” Inquirer & Mirror
“In Touch with Island Rhythms,” Art of the Cape & Islands
“In the Studio with Alison Hall Cooley,” Nantucket Independent
“Featured Artist: Alison Hall Cooley,” Nantucket Island Living
“Eye of the Beholder,” N Magazine
“400 Notable People on the Cape & Islands,” Cape Cod Life
“Beauty of Cooley’s Work in Eye of the Beholder,” Inquirer & Mirror
“Arts Record: Cooley’s Azorean Influence,” Nantucket Independent
“Forty Under 40,” Nantucket Independent
“Alison Hall Cooley at Calloway Fine Art,” The Georgetowner
“Landscape & Atmosphere: Alison Hall Cooley’s Intuitive Interest,” Nantucket Independent
“Navigations Through Open Space,” Cape Cod Life