GORDON N. COPE (AMERICAN, 1906 - 1999) Winter Scene
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gordon Cope became a portrait and landscape painter and teacher in Utah and later in California. Much of his reputation was linked to the pre-World War I WA program, which boosted the careers of many 'starving' artists. In Utah. he studied with A.B. Wright, 1916 to 1923: La Conte Stewart; and in Arizona, 1923-1924, with Lawrence Squires. From 1924 to 1928, he traveled in Europe where he studied the Old Masters in museums in England, France Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Holland. He spent the last year, 1928, as a student at the Julian Academy in Paris.
Returning to Utah, he became head of the art department in 1931 at Latter Day Saints University and also held other teaching positions in Utah including with the Mountain School of Art and the Art Barn School, which he served as Director. He did numerous portraits of Utah notables.