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Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper is a British artist, based in Hampshire. She is often categorised as a naive artist. She has made her name as a bold, expressive and imaginative artist, with a deep love and knowledge of colour. Her art is based around nature and family life, with a rich vein of humour and warmth running through it. Vanessa works mostly with oils, redrawing her compositions repeatedly to reduce its content to their basic element, cutting out anything that isn’t essential to the piece. Her art is spontaneous, life-affirming, often quirky. When she paints animals, she captures their innocence, their personality and spirit. She takes her models from nature, forests and gardens, as well as pets and children. As well as paintings, Vanessa Cooper also creates in gouache and sculpture. She has been painting since her early teens, and first displayed her work while attending Portsmouth University in 1987. Her limited edition prints are always popular with art lovers, and can be purchased mounted or in a choice of frames. On her painting process, Vanessa said. ‘It's harder to leave things out of a painting than to pile a load of stuff in.’

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