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Indy Art & Soul: Meet Artist Matthew Cooper

The Art & Soul festival continues, and the work of Artist Matthew Cooper speaks to the beauty of the African-American people and culture. He recently joined Lindsey Lord & the Arts Council of Indianapolis for a look at his artwork.

Matthew Cooper is an emerging visual artist from Indianapolis, Indiana. His paintings often feature a variety of media including acrylic paint, oil paint, oil stick and found objects. His often narrative work speaks to the beauty of the African and African-American people and culture through a dreamlike reality using the human anatomy to recreate a story telling narrative of courageous and resilient history.

About Matthew’s Work:
Solo Show at Circle City Industrial Complex May 2021

Upcoming Events:
Two of Matthew’s paintings can be seen on display in the windows of Gallery 924 at the Arts Council from February 1st – 28th, 2021.
Education: Cooper studied drawing and Africana Studies at the IUPUI Herron School of Art & Design.

Catch a one-song performance at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in February on WISH-TV’s Facebook page. And if you love what you saw there, you can come back and watch the full, 45-minute performances. Art & Soul fans will be able to watch great performances by 15 acts, from emerging musicians to legendary bands, plus hear a conversation with this year’s visual artist, Matthew Cooper. Matthew created the backdrop for this year’s performances. It’s a collage of the pieces he painted this summer on the boarded-up windows of Old City Hall as part of the Murals for Racial Justice initiative. Matthew also created two original works that viewers can see through the large exterior windows of Gallery 924 at the Arts Council.

Along with the 16 Art & Soul shows, we’ll be presenting special content including a guide to the best Black History Month arts & culture events at Please follow @indyartscouncil and #ArtSoulIndy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the celebration.