“An acutely gifted draftsman, Doug Cooper employs his panoptical vision not only to record and rearrange the lay of the land, but also to infuse it with a distinct psychological flavor. His many representations of Pittsburgh mirror the city’s intensely built, verdantly wrinkled face, memorializing it with affection.”
RICHARD ARMSTRONG, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
In his newest book Knowing and Seeing, Douglas Cooper reflects on his long career as a muralist in various cities around the world. Part memoir and part an examination of his art, Cooper looks back on fifty years of drawing cities.
Though the core ideas of his work began in Pittsburgh, Cooper has exhibited work and produced murals, up to 200 feet long, in Cologne, Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Qatar, Frankfurt, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, DC. Knowing and Seeing features personal essays and more than 240 color images, including early Christian and Renaissance paintings as well as contemporary murals and other illustrations of Cooper’s unique work. Cooper teaches hand drawing at the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.