Wanda Koop is an established Canadian painter whose practice explores how modern urban society and the natural environment intersect. Through paintings that vary widely in scale, Koop creates work that straddles abstraction and figuration, the real and the imagined, the personal and the political. The results are nearly surreal landscapes with blurred swaths of color and deliberate drips of paint that invite viewers to closely investigate and interpret them. For Concentrations 62, Koop will debut eight new works in her Dreamline series, accompanied by more than 20 preparatory paintings from the past two decades. Wanda Koop, Dreamline is part of the Museum’s Concentrations series of project-based exhibitions, presenting work by artists in their first US solo museum exhibition.
Koop was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she presently works, since childhood. She studied at the School of Art, the University of Manitoba and has honorary doctorates from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Manitoba. In 2006 she was appointed a Member of the Order Of Canada.