Nicole Cooper (b. 1983) is an American artist living and working in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was born. Cooper’s work uses figurative oil painting to explore humanity as a growing force. What started as curious paintings rooted in evolutionary biology have quickly evolved to express the artist’s growing concern for an uncertain future.
Painting is an extension of her climate advocacy. As we are stricken with pandemic, climate emergency and social inequity that challenges the human species, Cooper is in pursuit of a creative vision for the inner change necessary to adapt.
Her paintings reflect real feelings—worry, fear, but also connectedness and strength—that become vivid manifestations of the life force inside the flesh and blood body.