The Artist

Abner Cope

cope01“The essence of three dimensional illusion in two dimensional art rests within the design of the elements of light and shadow within the composition. The impact of the illusion depends on the contrast between these two essential elements. My work is driven by the formal essence of light.”

ABNER COPE is an associate professor of art at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, with an emphasis in drawing and painting. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree (1980) from Eastern Michigan University with a major in drawing. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (1974) from Georgia Southern University where he majored in painting with a minor in printmaking.

Mr. Cope has created many drawings and paintings of the figure and has had national exhibitions of his work. His artwork has won numerous awards in Chicago, Toledo and Dayton and are included in various private and corporate collections throughout the Mid west.

He also has taught drawing and painting at the University of Dayton, Dayton Art Institute, Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College and the Riverbend Art Center. A major mural by Mr. Cope is hanging in the Hallie Q. Brown Library at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.