William N. Copley also known as CPLY, was an American painter, writer, gallerist, collector, patron, publisher and art entrepreneur. His works as an artist have been classified as late Surrealist and precursory to Pop Art. During his career, his practice spanned a wide range of different subjects, approaching different art movements. While he had the chance to meet the main representatives of Surrealist movement and to embrace their ideas, during the 50s and 60s his aesthetics was also close to the one of the emerging Pop Art current. His works are featured in private and public institutions worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stedelijk Museum, and many more. Copley is widely considered a significative representative of post-war painting – unique for his links between European Surrealism and American Pop Art, and celebrated for his untrained painting style and eccentric, amatory themes.
Fondazione Prada, Milan