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Simon Cooper on his abstract world / 12 January 2011

I have always been preoccupied with the language of colour. Colour fascinates me, particularly computer binary colours.

It started with colour, paper and screen printing. Then I was attracted to the idea of combining computer technologies with printmaking - and so it has evolved.

Colour is very personal and emotional and gives a spiritual energy to my work. Using colour, line, shape, space, and composition, I am able to create unity and harmony in my work and to convey meaning and mood. Identifying colour relationships, different white textured papers or canvas are used to evoke emotional response.

I looked at the work of Andy Warhol and Chuck Close to progress my ideas, it is how I communicate with the world. In this image I have repeated the pattern of using hearing aids - putting them on every morning and taking them off every night. I decided to blend the background with my face - so it does not stand out too much.

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