As the Old Drink...
Simon Cooper is a visual artist and painter based in New York City. A passion for history and a love of painting, Simon’s work is a blend of the two. He takes inspiration from various significant figures and events from the past, imagery from across art history, and reimagines them in his own distinct style. The work is considered a collaboration with artists of the distant past. Taking from a variety of sources, Simon portrays art from numerous eras including the Middle Ages, the Northern and Italian Renaissance, and the Dutch Golden Age. Using bold line work and vibrant colors, works from the archives of art history feel ever more contemporary and present. This mixture of classical and contemporary presents something familiar yet entirely new.
“As the Old Drink...” is inspired by a series I’ve made over the past few years entitled “As the Old Drink, So Pipe the Young”. Based on paintings by the Dutch Golden Age artist Jan Steen, this scene depicts family and feasts, element crucial to his work as well as mine. This work combines elements from Steen, as well as Bruegel and Aertsen
Gouache with pencil on wood, 9" x 12"
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