I stopped by Alika Cooper’s studio last week to catch up.
Turns out she’s been very busy! With two gallery shows opening in the fall, her studio was full of work she’d just finished. She was kind enough to answer a few questions and let us have a peek at her new series, for which she drew from different sources of inspiration like Helmut Newton, Jean-Claude Brassai, Paris showgirls and American quilting….
Alika Cooper (AC): I was intrigued by drawing and painting from a young age but it wasn’t until college that it occurred to me that it was something you could pursue in life. During my first semester at the University of Oregon, I remember looking through all the possible classes you could take, and all I wanted to take was art and art history. I’ve never looked back since.
YM: Describe your style
YM: Which artists have inspired you the most?
AC: Matisse, Egon Schiele, Vuillard, Luc Tuymans, Nan Goldin, Christina Ramberg
YM: What inspires you?
AC: California history, John Steinbeck, Nina Simone, Ingmar Bergman
AC: British painter, Gwen John