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Artists: Alexander Cooper

Alexander Cooper was born in Enfield (St. Mary) Jamaica in 1934. His interest and love for painting began while watching his friends Ralph Campbell and Osmond Watson, two of Jamaica’s most outstanding artists at work.

A student of the Jamaica School of Art, he graduated in 1959 and went on to study at the New York School of Visual Arts and the Art Student League in New York.

Alexander 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.

His initial paintings were well received by the public and in art circles and in 1962 and again 1964 he won First Prize in the Jamaica National Fine Arts Competition. In 1983 he was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution to Art. The crowning success of his career was in 2001 when he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal for Excellence in Art.

His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica including the National Gallery of Jamaica and around the world. His first exhibition abroad was in 1965 at the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. His work has been shown over the years in the United States, Mexico, Canada and England.

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