Eureka! A young artist of immense talent has come into my plane of vision.
His name is Cody Hooper. He is a prolific painter and his pieces are large – but that’s not the point. The textures he creates draws me in. There is a pristine, elemental quality to his color use. He claims to be inspired by Da Vinci and Georgia O’Keeffe, but I really think he is channelling Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn in style; at the very least, he has the spirit of the American Abstract Expressionist movement.
With Mr. Hooper’s work, we can sense a ghost of Mark Rothko’s classic abstracts. There is difference: With Rothko, we work to understand the raw beauty born of post WWII angst. Hooper’s work is breathtakingly beautiful immediately. In it, we see hope and life in the surface. How does he do that?!
And surprise! Mr. Hooper has created several, very large, sheet music collage pieces that create a sensation that we have unearthed the composers original work that had been hidden away for centuries. Lovely!
Please go to his site to see his full body of work. I promise you will not be disappointed.