I began my career as a full time artist in 1985 after returning from a summer of study at the Art Students League in New York City.
The focus of my painting is Kansas in general and specifically the Flint Hills, the annual prairie burning and most recently, non objective landscapes and figurative painting.
My primary medium is oil on canvas which allows me to work on a larger scale and provides the depth of color that best translates my particular vision. I also work in a variety of other media including watercolor, pastel and acrylic.
Since 1985, I have had many solo and shared exhibitions. My work is featured in many corporate and private collections throughout the world and my paintings have been published in several national and regional books and magazines.
In addition to painting, I have created a new series of sculptures in bronze and glass.
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Artist Louis Copt has been painting full-time since 1984. He received a BA in art from Emporia State University in 1971. He has also studied at the Art Student's League in New York City and has taken classes in drawing and painting at the University of Kansas.
In 2011, Copt was named “Governor’s Artist” by the Kansas Arts Commission. Since 1974, the Kansas Arts Commission recognizes individuals in the arts who have made outstanding contributions to the arts and culture in Kansas. An expert panel selects the honorees, and the awards are given by the governor and the Kansas Arts Commission. The award is meant to elevate the public profile of the arts in Kansas and encourage others to achieve and sustain high standards of excellence in artistic achievement and support.
Louis has lived and traveled in Europe. In 1991, he traveled with the Kansas Geological Survey on a 16-day re-photographic expedition through the Grand Canyon as their official artist. He has led painting workshops to the Kansas Flint Hills, and art travel programs to Washington DC, Los Angeles and Paris, France.
Louis works with oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Although his main emphasis is on landscape painting, he also does still life and portrait work. Copt also teaches classes at the Lawrence Art Center and has taught at the University of Kansas.
He is a past board member of the Lawrence Arts Center, past President of the Lawrence Arts Commission and Lawrence Art Guild. Copt has been a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society, the Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Louis shows regularly in galleries throughout the mid-west. These include the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, the Cider Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Kansas. Louis has participated in a number of national juried shows, and his work is collected by people throughout the world.