Michael Cooper

1944
- Present

Born in Dublin in 1944, Michael Cooper grew up between Ireland and England, where his family moved in 1949. He studied at Heatherly’s School of Art in London (1969-1971) before training under the sculptor, Anthony Gray. Working with a variety of materials, including marble, stone, and bronze, his pieces range in scale but primarily study natural forms, predominantly from the animal kingdom, but also the human figure. His sculptures are largely guided by the material he works with, and they are characterised by their calm self-assurance and dignity, displaying the artist’s intimate appreciation of both his materials and subject, possibly influenced by the time-consuming process of hand carving.

Cooper is a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and has exhibited widely both in Britain and abroad, in a diverse range of venues, including London and Jersey Zoos, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Royal Academy of Arts, Gloucester and Chester Cathedrals and Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire. He has completed several large-scale commissions, including a 4 ton gorilla for Lord Carrington’s Sculpture Garden, a 1.5 metre high bear for Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, and a reclining figure in Travertine Marble for Covent Garden in London. Cooper lives and works in Buckinghamshire.

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