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Michael Cooper
Pittstown

Val Sivilli, Civilian Art
Milford

Michael Cooper
Pittstown, NJ 08867
(908) 752-7190
michael@cooper247.com
www.cooper247.com

Fine Artist and Graphic Artist. An artist schooled in fine and graphic arts that became involved in computer art during its earliest development and now has over 25 years experience in medical, commercial, and technical graphic design.

Currently works as a Creative Director for Altech Corp. Flemington, NJ.
President of Cooper Graphics specializing in medical art.
Fine artist currently creating sculpture fabrications.
Board member of Artsbridge, member of Flemington Creative Team and member of many other local art organizations.
Shows fine art work in various local art shows including Hunterdon Art Museum, New Hope Art League, Phillips Mill and others

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Val Sivilli, Civilian Art
PO Box 115, 692 Riegelsville Road, Milford, NJ 08848
(908) 268-2843
valsivilli@gmail.com
www.valsivilli.com

Born in Brooklyn raised on Long Island.  Val did undergraduate work at SUNY Purchase and Alfred University, and graduate work at Mason Gross School of the Arts. After Art School, Val moved back to Brooklyn and was a studio assistant to Nancy Spero and Leon Golub for 6 years. Eventually, Val got married, bought a house out in Frenchtown with her husband, made 2 beautiful children and raised them in Frenchtown, ran a graphic design & t-shirt printing company called Civilian Art, and then got divorced. Val teach Color Theory, Drawing and Printmaking at a few of the local colleges in the Delaware Valley as an Adjunct Professor of Art. She still does design work for hire on occasion. Val now lives about 12 miles north of Frenchtown where the Delaware River is rarely far from sight.
 
Mostly Val tells stories through text, color and the integration of the two.   Sometimes it is a tiny little story, a simple line or two. And sometimes it is a seemingly endless story - a rambling excess of meandering quagmire. Either way, Val likes it a lot when the text integrates into the image.  Then you can view the piece without being distracted by the written words reference to spoken language. Val tries to defer to a simple narrative if possible, although that is not always possible. It's the honesty of the moment that engages her.

As the painting, or series of paintings, take shape, the story takes shape. They inform each other. Sometimes the narrative finds a happy home in a single painting. Other times it takes a few paintings. Sometimes the story requires more air. Sometimes the story and the painting demand that there be no text in the picture. Creating a resonant and reflective home for what lies beneath and among the breath of the lines is a goal of this work, whether the actual text is embedded into the image or simply the title of the work.

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