By experimenting with nontraditional painterly elements of figuration, symbolism and organic abstraction, I create an allegorical visual language. My artistic practice translates experience (phenomenology) in relation to a complex network of interdependent systems (holism). Each work begins with an intimate connection to the canvas through means of preparation and research, and my approach to each painting narrates a diverse relationship to philosophy, social change and ecology.
My work is a response to the challenges of modernity and explores juxtapositions between ourselves and embodiment in relation to existence. Narratives of mythology, intuition and interdependent systems are reimagined in order to grasp a greater understanding of ourselves and a sustainable ecosystem, one where we can experience diverse perspectives and all thrive as a result.
Trevor Coopersmith is the founder of the Urban Art Scholarship Foundation and holds a Bachelors in Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Trevor has exhibited with Art Scene West in Solana Beach, CA, The Palos Verdes Art Center, Treat Gallery in New York City, OGA Gallery in Rome, Italy and was the 2021 artist in residence in College Station, Texas and a Port Austin, MI summer artist in residence in 2022. Coopersmith studied at the University of London, Goldsmiths and withdrew during COVID-19 to return to Southern California and complete his MFA at Otis College of Art & Design.