William Copley, also known as "CPLY," is a self-proclaimed painter, writer, gallerist, collector, patron, publisher and art entrepeneur. Copley's friend John Ployardt introduced Copley to Surrealist painting. The two traveled together to Mexico and New York to look at art and submerge themselves in Surrealist ideas, then the two hatched a plan to open a gallery to exhibit Surrealist art in LA. Copley came into contact with Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and many other influential artists. His graphic paintings depict scenes of erotica in a cartoon-influenced style.