"I visited La Escuelita for short time in January 2017 at the end of three weeks around Nicaragua. The environment of La Escuelita was inspiring and relaxing; the perfect place to work on drawings based on journeying through the country."
Nic Cooper is an emerging artist in Toronto. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University they have been in solo and group shows across Canada. Cooper received the Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award given at the 2016 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. Cooper completed two artist residencies in 2016, including at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. They are a member of The White House Studio Project in Toronto.
Nic Cooper’s paintings use images of plants, building materials and dilapidated buildings to explore cycles of growth and decay. The vibrantly coloured, delicately painted images have no time, no season or real place. Inspired by places they come across on bicycle rides or international travel, every image is grounded in a reality then transforms into imaginary non-places through the practice of painting. The marker drawings from Toronto serve as inspiration for larger studio works, as well as a fun way to connect to the city.