William T Cooper, AO (1934-2015)
Wildlife Artist – Acrylics, Oils & Watercolours
It had been 23 years since Bill’s last exhibition, when he had one at Morpeth Gallery in November 2003, a thank you to the people of the Hunter, as his birthplace was Newcastle. In the months leading up to this exhibition collectors of Bill’s work would excitedly phone and email to gain sneak peeks of the artworks to be featured. 32 paintings, some new, some that had been tucked away in his studio, ranging in price from $1,500 to $24,000 sold out in 1hr and 10 minutes!
Sir David Attenborough believes Bill Cooper is “Australia’s greatest living scientific painter of birds, he is possibly the best in the world.” Sir David made a film about Bill in 1993 called, “Portrait Painter to the Birds” and it showed around the world. In Australia it was released as a Video after its TV debut. His bird paintings are scientifically exact, no wonder they end up in so many publications in collaboration with leading ornithologists such as Joseph M Forshaw.
Bill lived and painted from his studio in the tropical rainforest of North Queensland until his passing in 2015. His resume is the stuff of dreams. He has worked with Sir David Attenborough. The Australian National Library and Papua New Guinea Government have purchased entire collections of his work. He has designed two sets of postage stamps for the PNG Government.
William T Coopers Originals and Limited Edition Prints of beach scenes, eagles, cockatoos, riflebirds, cassowary and kangaroos have to be seen to be believed. They are simply awe-inspiring.