James Cooper's   'Source (After the Madman)'   – 91cm x 61cm, synthetic polymer paint & charcoal on wooden board – now in a private collection in Brooklyn, New York City.

James Cooper's 'Source (After the Madman)' – 91cm x 61cm, synthetic polymer paint & charcoal on wooden board – now in a private collection in Brooklyn, New York City.

 James Cooper in his Californian studio space with a finished   'Malibu Tiger No. 8'   – 76.2cm x 101.6cm, synthetic polymer paint & charcoal on wooden board – now in a private collection in Sydney, Australia.

James Cooper in his Californian studio space with a finished 'Malibu Tiger No. 8' – 76.2cm x 101.6cm, synthetic polymer paint & charcoal on wooden board – now in a private collection in Sydney, Australia.

 James Cooper in his Sydney studio space being interviewed for an  AFTRS (Australian Film & Television Radio School)  documentary. April, 2018.

James Cooper in his Sydney studio space being interviewed for an AFTRS (Australian Film & Television Radio School) documentary. April, 2018.

About James


James Cooper is an Australian artist living and working between Sydney & California.

He studied in Sydney, Australia and holds a degree in Visual Communications + Design and has lived abroad for many years in Europe & America.


His work is inspired most directly by a combination of mysticism, the metaphysical and the visible natural environment, specifically the oceans and marine environments. Cooper likes to layer and texture his work, building up images up over a period of time – often taking months just to complete one image. His practice has always revolved around drawing as a way of seeing and understanding / interpreting the world around him. Time living and working abroad in London, Dublin, New York and Los Angeles has informed Cooper's process and influenced his aesthetic notions. A recent trip to Japan opened Cooper's eyes to a new way of seeing and his drawn and painted works have undoubtedly been influenced by this Japanese aesthetic.


James was hand picked by world art experts to show as 1 of 100 of the very best emerging artists in Sydney at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art, March 22-25 2018, Australian Technology Park.

He has been invited to show at the Melbourne edition of the show coming up early August, 2018.

His works are held in private collections in the US and Australia.