Marcus Cope

In The Balance

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Year 2020/2021
Medium Oil on paper
Dimensions 29.8 x 20.5 cm

About the work

Jacqui McIntosh is my wife. This drawing represents her at play, balancing on a log, in the village of Lempa, Cyprus. She is happy and relaxed, alone in the image but we are there with her. We are happy when we visit Cyprus, we miss it – particularly now with travel restrictions. The drawing is a study from a larger painting, one of three that I think of as a family portrait; one of myself, one of my daughter, and one of Jacqui.

About the artist:

Born 1980 Bath, Marcus Cope lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Coventry University (2002), and MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2006).

Cope’s figurative drawings and paintings are largely based on specific memories. They might feature someone whom he has met or encountered only very briefly, or someone much closer, his daughter or mum for example. He uses as a starting point that memory to develop an image, collaging elements in his mind over a period of time before committing to paper or canvas. They are often based on memories of time spent in Cyprus, a country he has been visiting regularly since doing a residency at the Cyprus College of Art in 2003.

Selected solo exhibitions include In the Balance, Etc, (virtual) Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2020): Moonlighting, studio1.1, London (2018); All the Chairs Are Broken, studio1.1, London (2015); Another Man’s Patter, Pluspace, Coventry (2014); Made in Lempa, studio1.1, London (2014); and My First New York Show: Looked Good on Paper, Neue Froth Kunsthalle, Brighton (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Home and Unhome, GCAD, Chongqing (2020/21); ‘….as yet untitled’, studio1.1, London (2020); Vision X, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2019); Pareidolia, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London (2019); Modern Finance, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); Indoor Voices, Greystone Industries, Suffolk (2019); Mind Out, A.P.T. Gallery, London (2016); and Nature Morte, Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway and touring (2016-17).

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