“.” ~Michael Copeland
Michael Copeland has been creating works of art for over 40 years. Originally from Riverside,
California, Michael earned his B.A. in Fine Art from California State University, studying with the
noted artists O.K. Harry and Joseph Moran. Michael’s humor and post-modernist satirical style
are also informed by illustrator and 70’s cultural icon, Charles Bragg; as well as post-modernist
artist Robert Rauschenberg, who often incorporated found objects and images into his work.
Subsequently, Michael brings his own visual and conceptual vocabulary to the canvas, using a
figurative mode of representation that conveys meaning other than the literal. His allegorical
images often contain, but are not limited to, irreverent and humorous characterizations.
An art educator for 28 years and an art gallery proprietor for 20, Michael is deeply devoted to art
education including experiences beyond the classroom. He conducted trips abroad for his
students in the past and currently offers, along with his wife Victoria, adult painting excursions
Michael’s work can be found in private collections in the U.S. and abroad, most notably in;
the Nicolaysen Art Museum Permanent Collection, Casper, WY, Marriott Hotel’s Corporate
Collection, Atlanta, GA., New Mexico State Capital Permanent Collection, Santa Fe, NM, the
Otero County Art in Public Places Permanent Collection, Otero County, NM. He was recently
honored with a 40 year retrospective exhibition,“It’s Only Make Believe” at the Nicolaysen Art
Museum in Casper, Wyoming which resulted in a 61page exhibition catalog containing all 43
works from the show.
.Michael currently makes his home in Southern New Mexico with wife Victoria and their two Jack
Russell Terriers, Guinness and Zen.
Are you interested in purchasing Michael Copeland’s work? Please contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery for more information.