Ones to Watch: James Cooper


Australian-born artist James Cooper spends his time living between Sydney and California. There is no coincidence that these two bases share in common some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, as the artist takes his cues – textures and dimensions, rifts and whorls – from the oceanic environment. Many of James’ works take months to complete, as he takes his time building images up to a textured crescendo. His practice has always revolved around drawing as a way of seeing and understanding, and this pursuit of discovery has led him to live and work variously in London, Dublin, New York and Los Angeles, all of which have left their imprint on James’ process and aesthetic. This year, James was selected to show as one of one hundred emerging artists to show at The Other Art Fair Sydney. He has also been invited to show at the Melbourne iteration of the fair this August.

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