Department of African American Studies
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Oil on Canvas
A Note by the Painter
Painting is first and foremost a visual and visceral experience. Composition is critical to my work. I use it to compel the viewer to stop and contemplate the illusions I create through the relationships of line, form and color. Usually, I am symbolically expressing an idea I care deeply about. The meanings may change with the observer, as each person views the work through the lens of their own experience. My work is thematically and stylistically a fusion of my American experience and my African heritage.
My work is
not as much about the subject as it is about how I render the subject.
I use symbols to express ideas and concepts. Color, which is never
haphazardly selected, shapes the mood of the composition and creates rhythm
Y. Cooper is a professionally trained
painter. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the University
at Buffalo in 1975.
Cooper has been commissioned to create portraits of prominent African
Americans. His commissioned portrait of the late Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. hangs in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library of Canisius College. Other
subjects he has captured on canvas include notable Western New Yorkers
such as the Honorable Arthur O. Eve, Honorable Barbara M. Sims, Geneva
B. Scruggs and James Bell.
As a strong advocate of the arts and art education, he teaches art to
students 6-12 years of age at Buffalo Arts Studio in the Tri-Main Center
and in the Education Department of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
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