The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Sharon Kopriva

Received spring 2011, undated
Born 1948, Houston; lives in Houston

Figure 42. Sharon Kopriva, Cathedral Green, 2012

Oil, mixed media on photo canvas, 81" × 186" × 2½"

Courtesy of Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston

Photograph: Rick Wells

Q What did it mean to be included in the exhibition and catalogue Fresh Paint: The Houston School in 1985? At the time, and in retrospect, did it seem an accurate view of the main tendencies in Houston art? What, if any, trend(s) do you see in Houston art today?

AFresh Paint jump-started careers for young artists who were lucky enough to be selected into the exhibition. Most of the core group were my classmates from the art department at the University of Houston, recent graduates, 1981, 1982, etc. The show was conceived by Barbara Rose and John Alexander, who saw a common thread in young painters which included a figurative mode with energetic, expressionistic, bold and even aggressive use of color. So that was the beginning concept and scope. But by the time the selection was complete, many mid-career and established artists had never had the honor of hanging in the MFA. So concessions were made on their behalf. Then came ethnic and gender considerations. By the time it was hung, the common thread left in the show was uniqueness. And I truly feel that twenty-six or so years later the “Houston School” is individuality.

After the studio visit, three of my works (including the selected piece) were purchased by Allan Stone, and I was included in a group exhibition at Allan Stone Gallery in New York and was invited to be in Graham Gallery here in Houston. So, in answer, Fresh Paint meant a lot!

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
  • Lance Letscher 104
  • Ken Little 106
  • Bert L. Long Jr 111
  • Jesse Lott 115
  • Edward Lane McCartney 117
  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
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  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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