The works of renowned Jamaican painter Alexander Cooper are currently on display at the Mutual Gallery and Art Centre at an exhibition titled “Alexander Cooper: 50 Years – Then and Now”. The exhibition, which runs from August 16 to September 7, is a double celebration that casts the spotlight on Cooper’s distinguished career and outstanding contribution to the world of art, as well as the 5oth anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.
Born in Enfield, St. Mary in 1934, Cooper is well known for his love of displaying the “richness and vibrancy of Jamaican life – its people, the landscape and moments in everyday life – as it is and as it used to be”. He was among the first graduates of the Jamaica School of Art, now the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), and also studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and the Art Student League.
His paintings have been exhibited in countries such as New York, Mexico, Canada, London, and Germany. Cooper’s work has been enjoyed by American celebrities such as Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Angela Bassett. Jamaican banks, government offices and hotels have also privately commissioned hid work, which can be seen all over the island.