Belgrave St Ives - Modern & Contemporary Art
John Copnall - Black Dunes

John Copnall (1928-2007)

Black Dunes 1957

Oil on board; 71 x 89.5 cms

Signed, titled and dated on reverse

Note: Born into a family of artists, Copnall's initial art education was at Sir John Cass School of Art under the tutelage of his father. Copnall went on to study at the Architectural Association and the Royal Academy Schools, winning the Turner Gold Medal for Landscape Painting in 1954. His first solo exhibition was at the Piccadilly Gallery in 1955. He lived in Spain and exhibited his work there from 1955 to 1968. During this period, his work transformed from what was initially landscape painting to abstraction.

By the time of his return to the UK in 1968, Copnall was creating large canvases influenced by American Abstract Expressionism, sometimes brushing, sometimes pouring acrylic paint, onto cotton duck canvas to create colourful effervescent stripes. He exhibited throughout his career, winning several awards. A major show of his work was held in the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. Copnall taught at the Canterbury and Central Schools of Art. He was elected to the London Group in 1988.