An Extraordinary Life (1856 - 1937)
March 16 - May 11, 2005
Reception:  Saturday, April 23, 5-7pm

Sullivan Goss – An American Gallery (Downtown)
7 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA
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Phone, (805) 730-1460, Fax: (805) 730-1462

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Colin Campbell Cooper, “Cathedral”

Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery is pleased to present “Colin Campbell Cooper: An Extraordinary Life (1856 - 1937),” an exhibition of fine oil paintings and works on paper by a principal figure of the American Impressionist movement and a member of the National Academy of Design.

Encouraged from an early age, Colin Campbell Cooper’s remarkable talents as an artist were matched only by his love of beauty and passion for travel.  Cooper’s formal training began at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins in 1879 with continued studies in France, at Academies Julian, Delacleuse and Viti.  At age twenty-five, Cooper began a lifelong pursuit of adventure with a journey West where he painted landscapes of Colorado plateau.  Soon thereafter, Cooper made his first of many trips to Europe and Asia.  His travels became so frequent that he and his wife Emma found themselves on the deck of the Carpathia as witness to the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic in 1912.

Among Cooper’s most significant works are those of which depict the accomplishments of mankind, and specifically, its’ architectural marvels.  Roman ruins, Eastern temples, Gothic cathedrals, belching locomotives and of course, New York skyscrapers are presented as cultural expressions of time and place.  In contrast, Cooper’s poetic plein air landscape sketches underscore the artist’s appreciation of the sublime beauty of nature.

Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery proudly presents “Colin Campbell Cooper: An Extraordinary Life (1856 - 1937),” a selection works from the artist’s estate, some of which have not been on view for more than fifty years. More importantly, the exhibition is timely as Dr. Deborah Epstein Solon and Dr. William Gerdts, the preeminent historian of American Art, are in preparation of a major retrospective exhibition and monograph catalog on Cooper.  The exhibition is scheduled to debut at the Laguna Art Museum in the Fall of 2006.

Sullivan Goss will be staying open late to welcome artists, collectors, and interested members of the community to come explore our current exhibitions on Saturday, April 23, 2005 from 5 to 7 PM.   Sullivan Goss at Night will feature substantial works of American art, refreshments, a chance for good conversation, and a no-host bar. Please join us.

2005 Exhibition Calendar
Kim Howard, April 21 - June 1
Ben Messick, May 12 - July 13
Jon Francis, July 14 - August 24
Surrealism Exhibition, July 1 - September 7
Organized Labor, August 25 - Nov 16
American Narrative Paintings, December 8 - February 15, 2006

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