Artist Background

Joshua Cooper is a Realist oil painter, sculptor, and fabricator living in Jacksonville, Florida.

He found a love for portraiture after experiencing the art of John Singer Sargent at the Boston Public Library and Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2014.

He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts and minor in Art History from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 2019, after graduating in 2015 from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida.



While in Tallahassee, Cooper learned fabrication at Master Craftsman Studios, where projects included a Tree Chandelier at DoubleTree Hotel’s Eve on Adams rooftop venue, The Marching Chiefs Stained Glass Window, which now hangs in Florida State University’s Dodd Hall, and a multistory window of the Universities Official Seal for Florida States EAOS building.

After graduation he was an Exhibit Technician of the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens working on Exhibit Design, Scenic Painting, and Theming. Projects include creating the 17.5’ Christmas Tree at the entrance of The Jacksonville Zoo and Garden’s Zoo Lights 2019 event. He also did concept work for the Dinosauria 2020 event, and painted a 96’ mural for the “Ice Age Epoch

In August 2020, he began working on his winning concept for a 23' x 8' for the Lightner Museum's Music Room in St. Augustine, Florida. The mural reflecting the Gilded Age and history of music is currently on display.

Artist Statement

My studio practice is heavily based in the diligent process of realism. My portraiture uses a form of realism that relies on efficiency of technique. I am focused on the face of the subject.

The art of John Singer Sargent, who painted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is my inspiration. I am immersed in and emulate Sargent’s smoky atmospheres, seemingly spontaneous application of stroke, and limitless compositions.

While my past works are traditional portraits of friends and family, in my new work I am investigating fictional people and settings in order to tell new stories.