Description Toronto was a city of churches during the first half of the 20th century. On Sunday, all stores were closed except for the occasional drug store for emergencies and, for children, an Eskimo bought with the 5 that should have gone into the collection plate. Almost everyone went to church and nothing moved on the Danforth except churchgoers and the the Boys Brigade blowing bugles loudly but not well, dressed in little round hats and navy blue suits with a white shirts and ties marching ahead of the Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT), also suitably dressed in middies and navy skirts.
Audrey Cooper, London, Ontario Member Since November 2011 Artist Statement Audrey Cooper was born in Toronto, and moved to London, Ontario in 2003. Her passion for painting didn’t emerge until 2005 when she began working on her memories about growing up on The Danforth. She claims she was a “late starter” and now relives much of her past through her artwork. She is also an active public speaker and writer.
As a narrative artist, telling stories about lives lived with paint, brush and canvas, she has developed her own unique style and technique that is well-suited to the period she brings to life. Her paintings burst with color and are crowded with engaging characters pursuing their everyday lives. No moment is too small or insignificant for her to capture in a humorous and vivid portrait. Holding a yard sale, morning coffee with neighbors, walking to school in winter, all to be remembered and cherished.
Her success in revealing daily life through the eyes of a young child in an earlier Toronto in her “Growing Up On The Danforth” series, has encouraged her to continue with her paintings, and she is presently working on a series of works centered around raising four young Boomers in the suburban 1950’s and beyond.
She also accepts a limited number of commissions from clients wanting to bring back fond memories, in paint and canvas, of their own “growing up” times.
Audrey Cooper brings the comings and goings of our lives back to life. Enjoy!
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