From his home town of Chichester following a recent move from Wimbledon Art Studios, British artist Fred Coppin captures an eternal sense of optimism in his work through a distinctive combination of amplified colour and playful forms.
After graduating in Fine Art from Oxford Brookes University School of Arts, Fred pursued a career in brand marketing before turning full-time to fine art painting. In 2018 he was selected for the Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, winning The Artist Magazine Award for his portrait Georgie.
Working largely in oil paint, whether the subject is a plant, a figure, a building or a bottle of screen wash, Fred saturates, dissects and exaggerates the real world into a permanently sunny, dreamlike state. Also a photographer, the artist’s attention to light is a prominent feature throughout his work. His distinctive style draws on great British painters of still lifes and nudes such as Euan Uglow.
Whilst his painting is representational, painted “glitches” appear to serve as a reminder that this is the artist’s perception of light falling on an object, or a very personal way of explaining the tricks of perception and colour.
Fred participates in a range of group and solo exhibitions. His self-portrait 10.22 was selected for the 2019 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize exhibition at Piano Nobile Kings Place and another was featured in the 2019 artsdepot Open. In 2018 his work was the subject of a solo show, Angles + Optimism, at Rivington Studios in Shoreditch. Fred had a sell-out show at his first Battersea Affordable Art Fair in 2020.