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  • Artist Biography

    William Copley

    American • 1919 - 1996

    William N. Copley, also known by the name of CPLY, drew attention to himself in the late 1940s by fusing elements of Surrealism and Pop Art.  Copley focused on symbols of American pop culture—staples of American society including pin-up girls, cowboys and the flag—and transformed them into more accessible, universal icons that could appeal to both men and women without bias.

    In the '70s, Copley distinguished himself from the rest of the Surrealists by attempting to represent the tumultuous relationship between erotic and pornographic symbolism. He celebrated the female body, sexual freedom and, most of all, the promiscuity of America.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Man and Woman

1978
Screenprint in colours, on Somerset paper, with full margins.
I. 61.6 x 81.3 cm (24 1/4 x 32 in.)
S. 66.4 x 86.4 cm (26 1/8 x 34 in.)

Signed 'CPLY' and numbered 60/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artist's proofs), published by Robert L. Freeman (with their inkstamp on the reverse), unframed.

Estimate
£200 - 400 • ‡

Sold for £126

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London Auction 14 - 15 June 2021