Rupert Copping was born in London into an eccentric and bohemian family. As in infant, in the early fifties, he was taken to Ecuador by his mother and stepfather – the latter being, among other things, a herpetologist. As a consequence, during his childhood and teenage years he spent long interludes in the jungle. On one occasion he accompanied, as cook and translator, an Oxford University botanical expedition into remote areas of the rain forest where he was in contact with isolated indigenous tribes. After leaving Ecuador he very briefly joined the merchant navy as a cabin boy. Later he settled in London and in the late sixties was associated with The Exploding Galaxy, UFO, The Roundhouse and various other hippy entities.
After a stint as a lifeguard in London, Copping and his family lived in a coastal village in southern Spain, which was still under fascist rule. They lived among Spaniards in what was then an isolated agricultural mountain region known as the Alpujarrra, but which has since been declared a national park and become a tourist area . Copping also served as an ‘advisor and text book writer’ with an English language academy set up in Granada city by an ex Jesuit missionary priest. During these years he witnessed the transformation of Spain from dictatorship to democracy and made periodic journeys to Morocco, Portugal and other countries.
Returning to the UK in the early eighties, Copping and his family settled on the Isle of Skye. Having learned the art of candle-making in Denmark, he set up his own candle workshop, while his wife ran a whole-food and book shop. Due to a long-standing interest in painting, he started taking art lessons at night and eventually opened his own successful art gallery. Since then he has been a professional painter and his work has been collected world-wide. Although his own gallery is now closed, he continues to paint and sell from a studio close to home –and exhibits his work in established galleries around the UK.
Rupert Copping continues to live on the Isle of Skye but spends parts of the year in Spain and Portugal, periodically travelling to Mexico to visit his daughter while also retaining close family links with Ecuador. Skylight Press is pleased to publish his first novel, Before the Dawn, written some thirty years ago, and having had quite a journey since – just like its author.
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2000 to 2010 Proprietor of The Rupert Copping Gallery, Broadford, Skye. Exhibitions in Scotland: Mertz Gallery, Edinburgh. An Tuirean Arts Centre, Portree, and many other galleries. Featured in ArtWorks, The West Highland Free Press, and other journals.
2010 to present The Rupert Copping Studio, Torrin, Skye. Exhibitioins in A Talla Dearg Gallery, Balmacara Gallery Natioal Trust, Lemond Gallery Glasgow, and others. Founding member of The Bridge Art Collective and member of NUA Scotland. Works held in the Lemond Gallery. Works requested by the Charles Chamot Gallery USA. Recent Journal entries: West Highland Free Press. Glasgow Herald and others. For more information please contact the artist.