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Peter Cooley Biography

Inspired by the landscapes, animals and birds that surround his home in the Blue Mountains’ town of Leura, Cooley’s latest majolica ceramics explore the terrain between abstraction and realism, object and painting - and, not least, between the tactile and the ethereal. Australian parrots and marsupials - motifs that are familiar in Cooley’s practice - are now rendered in the vivid colour and glazes that the majolica technique facilitates their surfaces rich in texture, their forms hovering between the familiar and the foreign.

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Having first found acclaim as a painter, in recent years Cooley has sought to blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture by articulating the beauty, vibrancy and physicality of the landscape through his painterly and textural ceramics. Cooley’s organic approach to his subject matter reveals subtle suggestions of narratives as well as past and present influences.

Cooley was recently awarded the Gold Coast 2010 International Ceramic Art Prize. He is represented in most state and regional art galleries and was honoured with a survey exhibition at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 2009.

Text courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary.

Peter Cooley Featured Artworks

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Plumed Whistling Duck 2 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Plumed Whistling Duck 2, 2020 earthenware
42 x 53 x 27 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Eastern Rosellas and Tree by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Eastern Rosellas and Tree, 2016/2017 Earthenware
70 x 58 x 46 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Pelican 2 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Pelican 2, 2016/17 eartherware
70 x 40 x 57 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Maquette Red Kangaroo 1 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Maquette Red Kangaroo 1, 2014 Earthenware
47 x 22 x 30 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Marsupial & Landscape 3 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Marsupial & Landscape 3, 2015 Earthenware
69.5 x 37 x 37 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Black Tailed Swamp Wallaby 9 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Black Tailed Swamp Wallaby 9, 2015 Earthenware
67 x 36 x 44 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Black Tailed Swamp Wallaby 8 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Black Tailed Swamp Wallaby 8, 2015 Earthenware
57 x 28 x 32.5 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Red Kangaroo 10 by Peter Cooley contemporary artwork sculpture
Peter Cooley Red Kangaroo 10, 2015 Earthenware
68 x 33 x 44 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire

Peter Cooley Recent Exhibitions

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