John Cooper is a third generation artist from Chicago with realism as artistic direction. John says, "My approach is through an impressionistic style that allows for personal interpretation with color, light, and texture that is before me."   I am moved by nature, its seasons, vibrancy, and everchanging moods. Many of John's paintings are based on real locations, while others are imaginary that side with romanticism and fantasy. 

He is primarily self-taught, but has also studied at the Julie Sulzen Art Studio and the Palette and Chisel.  He is a member of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago Art Institute, and the Edgewater Artists In Motion. One of his recent pieces, "Country Road" was awarded Peoples Choice Award at the Annual Members Show at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in July, 2014.  He has also received "Best of Show" awards for "Rough Waters" and "Country Road" at the Lincoln Square ArtWalk 2013 and 2014.  He again won 2015 "Best of Show" award for his work entitled "Forest Blaze."                                                                                                        

Additionally, his artwork has been exhibited at the Granville Picture Gallery on Lincoln Square and at their Granville location;  the D.A.N.K. Haus; EAIM Fall Festivals; Edgewater Edgefest shows; Gethsemane Garden Art Shows; Lincoln Square Art Walks; Ravenswood Art Shows; Julie Sulzen Art Studio; and the Tall Grass Art Association shows. He also has a permanent display window at 1117 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago. Stop by and take a look!

His primary medium is oil. John lives in Chicago. He has two daughters, one in the Chicago area and the other residing in Florida.