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Ed Copley

United States

Born in 1944

Joined Artisor: February 2024

Artist Stats

Total pieces for sale: 2


Ed’s education in art is extensive. He attended the Columbus College of Art & Design in

Columbus, Ohio, and the Famous Artist School in Westport, Connecticut where he earned his

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Following these studies, he worked as a commercial illustrator

for various advertising agencies and continued his career by becoming a highly–skilled

restoration artist, meticulously restoring paintings on canvas, wood panels and oils on copper


It was through restoring old master paintings that truly developed his in-depth of

understanding the techniques used by the great artists of the past. The knowledge that he

gained over the past 55 years, has helped him to understand their methods which he now

incorporates with his own creative ability.

Ed stated, “Working in a classical or representational style I paint what I would hang in my own,

home, I paint for myself. This may sound selfish, but I believe that the best artists are the ones

who paint for themselves. We are our own worst critics, but that’s what keeps us evolving.”

When Ed’s not working in his studio, he devotes a portion of his time researching sites and

events in order to create a scene. A significant amount of time is devoted to finding the right

models and clothing for the painting.

Throughout the years he has won many awards and has collectors all-over the world. His works

are in constant demand and his prices are constantly rising. His works are in Permanent

Museum Collections, Loyola Museum, Chihuahua, Mexico, the Museum of Western Art,

Kerrville, TX. the Pearce Museum, Corsicana, TX. the Natural History Museum-Ozarks,

Springfield, MO. the Spencer Museum, Ruidoso, New Mexico and the James Museum of

Western and Wildlife Art in St Petersburg, FL.

Being a master artist in realism art, and having his paintings hanging in permanent Museum

collections, Ed has the knowledge and skills to copy and match any technique or period of time

in order to duplicate the missing areas of a painting. He has given numerous lectures on

restoration and old master techniques, he has written several books on this subject and a few

“How to Books” and produced several Videos on Traditional Methods of the Old Masters.

Ed is a member of the International Guild of Realism (IGOR) Former Member American Institute

for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (A.I.C.) Member of Art Renewal Center (ARC).

Bio Author: I.G.O.R. Show in Scottsdale