Peter Cooley

Cooley's highly coloured earthenware evokes the vibrancy and natural beauty of the Blue Mountains. Living in the region for the past 5 years, Cooley utilizes the surrounding environment for his inspiration and believes the landscape and native fauna are our greatest art resource.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gould Galleries in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 16 November 2010 to Saturday 11 December 2010
Launch Tuesday 16 November 2010, 6-8pm

Eastern Rosellas  image Bridal Veil Falls 4 image Bridal Veil Falls 5 image Bridal Veil Relief 1 image Bridal Veil Relief 3 image Bridal Veil Falls 1 image Hangin' Rock Blackheath, relief 3 image Hangin' Rock Blackheath 3 image Hangin' Rock Blackheath maquette 1 image Hangin' Rock Blackheath maquette 3 image View From Bridal Veil Lookout, Looking Left  image Hangin' Rock Blackheath, relief 2 image Black Cockatoo & Chinese Clouds 1 image Galahs & Chinese Clouds image Rosella Bowl image Princess Parro image Tree with Sick Guts and Parrots image Hangin' Rock Blackheath, relief 1 image Hangin' Rock Blackheath 3 image Bridal Veil Falls 3 image

Published by Gould Galleries on Thursday 04 November 2010.
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Cooley treats his sculptures in an organic manner. With few preliminary sketches, he works directly on the ceramic surface, made up of an earth base. These objects mimic the rock, the light and the water level, resulting in a complete immersion of object and subject.

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 and a joint exhibition with Toni Warburton at Wollongong City Gallery, 2009/2010.

My work for the last seven years has been a combination of painting and ceramics. I returned to ceramics after a seven year period focusing mainly on painting. The reason for this came out of a desire to push the medium in a painterly way, to make three dimensional paintings using ceramics. – Peter Cooley, 2010