Charles Cooper

C h a r l e s   C o o p e r

Smog, Marseilles

The signs and symbols we see most days as city dwellers are the material subject matter from which my work derives. A familiarity already in place opens our eyes and encourages personal interpretation. I ask that we view these symbols as metaphors for our own journeys. I do not comment on our responses but provide a platform from which to re-interpret and question what we see and how we perceive.

Charles Cooper obtained a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) from City Art Institute, Sydney, in 1987. Since 1993, he has been a lecturer in drawing, painting and postgraduate studies at the National Art School, Sydney College of the Arts and the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

During the past thirty years, Cooper has exhibited extensively in commercial and regional galleries within Australia and abroad, including Monaco, Cambridge, England, New York and Rome.

Among his numerous awards are the Hunter’s Hill Art Prize (1978), an Australia Council CEAD Grant (1996) and the Trustees’ Watercolour Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1998). He has been awarded artist-in-residencies at the Canberra School of Art, Australian National University (2005); Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2006); Penrith Regional Gallery (2007) and the British School at Rome (2012).

His commissions include paintings for the Australian Stock Exchange (1988) and a public art project for Ryde City Council (1998).

Cooper’s work is held in many leading regional and university collections throughout Australia, as well as in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

He was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2007.

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