“My (abbreviated) name is J.A.W Cooper. I was born in England and grew up in Africa, Sweden Ireland, various other places throughout Europe, and finally Southern California. I currently live in Los Angeles, California in a loft downtown, where I spend an embarrassing amount of time creepily watching the comings and goings of people on the street below. For example, I watched a man psych-out oncoming traffic by rolling a taxidermied dog at high speeds towards the curb over and over to see who would be fooled into slamming on their breaks, and was thoroughly entertained for about 15 minutes.
There are also an alarming number of people who prefer to conduct their daily business completely in the nude with their curtains agape. That’s not a weird introduction, right?
I am an avid list-maker and before I start a painting I write down everything from themes to colors to motifs that I have bouncing around in my head and then I condense these seemingly incongruous words into one overriding theme or vision. I list, then I concept, then I sketch, then I transfer to Stonehenge paper via light box, then I mount the paper on museum board or wood, then I paint. The medium depends on how much I want the line work to show through and how painterly I want to get with the rendering.”
Greatest achievement? “I discovered that one of the mutant bear-rugs that I made ended up in a lesbian pornographic video. Easily my proudest moment.”