Born in 1944 in Dublin, Michael Cooper studied at Heatherley’s School of Art between 1969 and 1971, and then under Anthony Grey. Working in a variety of different mediums including marble, stone and bronze it is the nature of the material that lends itself to Cooper’s flowing harmonies of surface and so seductively suggests the power and grace of the natural world. Cooper’s sculptures are dignified, self-assured, independent and respectful. They have a deep and quiet energy perhaps imparted by the long hours of chipping which bring them forth from the stone.
Michael has exhibited at a wide variety of venues since 1974 including Jersey and London Zoos, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Royal Academy, as well as with many private galleries. His largescale commissions include 3 life-size Bears for Bicester Retail Village in Belgian Fossil marble, a Monumental scale Gorilla for Lord Carrington in Belgian fossil marble, Irish Pirate Queen in Portland stone and bronze for Westport House Ireland, Salmon Leap in Belgian fossil marble for Berkeley Square London, Irish Wolfhounds in Bronze for Kildare Retail village Ireland, Monumental scale Snail in Belgian fossil marble for Paris Retail village, Sailfish in Carrara marble for Fort Lauderdale USA, Monumental scale Owl in Portland Stone.