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Moments Like this Never Last

Balloons, Orgies, And Pretty Colors

John Copeland is a masterly artist who’s as comfortable scribbling up a few amusing doodles in pencil on a napkin as he is detailing sweeping scenes with brushes and puddles of oils on a 12-foot canvas.
August 2, 2009, 12:00am

God’s Favorite Mouse, acrylic on canvas, 2009, 54 x 60 inches.

John Copeland is a masterly artist who’s as comfortable scribbling up a few amusing doodles in pencil on a napkin as he is detailing sweeping scenes with brushes and puddles of oils on a 12-foot canvas. Six days a week, year-round, Copeland toils away hermitlike in his painting studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and, much like God, rests only on the Sabbath to screw around with his motorcycles. Here is a small sampling of what comes of it.

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John is exhibiting at London’s Zoo Art Fair in October and he has a solo show at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen in February. Lucky you, Copenhagen.

You Are the Wind Beneath, 2009, graphite and colored pencil on paper, 25 x 21 inches.

Show Your Colors, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 54 x 60 inches.

I Never Should Have Started Playing With That Thing, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 86 inches.