Genius Is In Genes Artist Ed Copley Brings Global Attention to Western Art Show

Interview: Ed Copley, Painter

Stage Stop - Oil on Canvas - by Ed Copley will be offered for sale at the WAA Show & Sale 2010

Scottsdale, AZ, December 9, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus) Cowboy boots, ten gallon hats and blue jeans may make the cowboy but the genes of artistic genius make Ed Copley ( one of America’s finest painters. Copley is known as a modern-day old master when it comes to art because he paints with an ‘old master’ technique - mixing his own paints, adding glazes, stretching his own canvas and even carving a frame for that special masterpiece. And for artistic genes, John Singleton Copley was the greatest American painter of the 18th century. His great, great, great grandson Ed Copley is following in those footsteps in the 21st century.

Copley notes that longevity is the test of the legacy of an artist.

"Look around at the great museums and see what stands the test of time. It is classical art, which is something that people can relate to and understand,” explains Copley. “It is a responsibility if you are going to execute quality paintings. It requires a lot of study, work and sensitivity. Every artist must try to accomplish his or her highest level of excellence.”

With a classical attention to composition, meticulous attention to his use of light and devotion to the Old World application and mixing of his own pigments, Copley paintings are masterpieces. Copley also uses a glazing technique which develops richness in detail and color without the use of heavy applications of paint. But because it is such a slow process, few artists choose to use it at the present time. Video is here:

If you have ever stood in awe in front of a great painting and wondered how on earth they created it then you can understand why restoration work can be so challenging,” Copley said. "Answers to the mystery of how they painted came via my work in the restoration and conservation of old paintings. Art restoration is a highly specialized field that requires several unrelated skills from its practitioners. Those who excel in art restoration are combination scientist, historian, artist and exceptionally talented craftsman all rolled into one.”

Copley will also be showcasing one of his paintings, “More Than a Handful,” that uses copper as a canvas. Painting on copper was popular from the mid-sixteenth to mid-eighteenth centuries. Masters from Europe to South America, including Rembrandt to El Greco, found copper to be an intriguing surface on which to paint, but the techniques used to paint on copper were guarded by these masters and many consider it a lost art. Copley uses the color, reflectiveness and luminosity of the copper as an integral part of the palette. The paintings often feature 80-120 coats of paint to achieve the depth of a Copley copper masterpiece.

Ed Copley is showcased at the Western Artists of America 7th Annual Show and Sale at The Pearce Museum. The show is expected to generate between $1M - $2M in sales and the museum will use a portion of those proceeds to improve their museum and add to their permanent collection.

Prices for the most desirable works by contemporary artists are set to surge as much as 30 percent as collectors spend again, dealers and advisers predicted in a Bloomberg News 2010 survey.

“Western Art continues to be a popular investment,” said Ed Holmes, president of Western Artists of America. “Many of our WAA artists have long resumes and price points that are attractive to collectors of fine art.”

Corsicana’s motto is where “Country Meets Culture” and, simply stated, that means people will find everything here from armadillos to antiques, from rodeo to rare civil war documents, and from fruitcakes to fine western art.

“We are delighted to host the 7th annual Western Artists of America (WAA) Show & Sale here at the Pearce Museum, on the campus of Navarro College. Ed Copley adds prestige to the show as do the other well known artists like Kenneth M. Freeman, Edward Holmes and others,” said Holly Beasley, executive director of the Pearce Museum.

The WAA Show & Sale has two days of events that include a Friday (Jan. 28) lecture with master painter Jay Hester on oil painting and also a lecture with master sculptor Keith McMasters on bronze sculpture. Friday night is the exciting Art Auction from 6 – 8 PM. On Saturday (Jan. 29) the WAA offers a great autograph party to meet the artists followed by an Artists’ Quick Draw Competition where WAA artists mentor college art students with all proceeds going to the Pearce Museum. The WAA event wraps up on Saturday night with the gala Western Artists of America Awards Dinner hosted by Bob Boze Bell of True West Magazine.

“Several members of WAA have artwork within the Pearce Museum permanent collection. This event will give us the chance to meet other western artists through which we can expand our collection,” added Beasley.

Western Artists of America is an organization formed in 2000 for the purpose of promoting the talents of professional fine artists specializing in the genre of cowboy, Native American, pioneer, cattle and horse subjects with backgrounds appropriate to the subject matter. Formed to showcase the talents of the many qualified fine western artists of today irrespective of gender, the more seasoned members seek out up and coming talent who exhibit a high interest in the western genre for mentoring. These artists’ works are showcased in an annual event sponsored by a national art museum. The Pearce Museum on the Navarro College campus in Corsicana, Texas will host the 2011 show and sale for the WAA. Website:

Our mission is to preserve, collect, and interpret the history of the American Civil War and the art of the American West. The Pearce Museum at Navarro College is divided into two distinct exhibit areas. The Civil War Gallery is an interactive experience designed to give the visitor a humanistic overview of the Civil War, including issues, causes, battles, leaders, plight of the common soldier, the home front, and the aftermath. There are currently more than 15,000 items in the Civil War collection, while less than five percent are on display at any one time. The Western Art Gallery features two- and three-dimensional works of art depicting many aspects of the historical and contemporary Western experience including cowboys, Indians, settlers, and pioneers. There are 228 works in the Western Art collection with not quite fifty percent of those pieces on exhibit at any one time. The Pearce Museum - Navarro College - 3100 W. Collin Street - Corsicana, TX 75110 - 903-875-7642 Website:

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