I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London.
I work primarily in paint and collage. My work deals with themes of commercialism in relation to the self, in particular privacy as a commodity.
Recently the work has developed in response to the residency (the Florence Trust is housed in a disused church) and I have been playing with tropes of religious iconography, and how those might fit within a modern commercial-led society.
I also paint pigeons.
“Through works that probe contemporary culture, advertising and the ruin, Fergus Cooper harnesses pleasing dissonance from décollaged symbols, words and images. The viewer’s eyes dart around the works, piecing together the shredded remains of corporate slogans, product photos and stock backgrounds. Veiny, wheatpasted textures and shard-like rips act as familiar surface textures the viewer associates with seeing these type of advertisements on the street. Cooper’s works are assembled from more perfectly scattered fragments which have a durational aspect to them, with some quite advanced compositional structures concealing and melding multiple layers which only become apparent as they are picked through by the viewer over a period of time.”
– Herb Shellenberger, 2017