Gary Cooley has always loved art and nature. His appreciation of art began as a child when he experienced the beauty of the outdoors when hiking and fishing in the High Sierras of Northern CA. He enjoyed sketching, and photographing the scenery and wildlife around him.
As an adult, living in the Northwest, surrounded by an abundance of wildlife, he decided to make the transition from oil painting to dimensional art. Mostly self-taught and guided by instinct, Cooley translates his great interest in nature into powerful statements in bronze. His sculpting process blends observation and technique. He very carefully considers each detail, contemplating form and movement, incorporating variations in texture, light, shadows, and attitude.
Throughout the years, his art has evolved into many subjects, ranging from North American and African wildlife, to a variety of human figures, some life size, and monumental, all conveying dignity, power, and grace.
“My work is a study in motion, with a natural flow and balance creating a 360-degree experience of emotion, energy and life,” Cooley explains. Stylized and understated, yet dramatic, his work utilizes simplified rhythmic lines, and some have a marble-like finish.
The winner of numerous commissions and awards, including “Artist of the Year” from Safari Club International, Cooley presents work from monumental size, to tabletop. You’ll find Cooley originals in living rooms, landscapes, corporate offices, and private collections worldwide.
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