Ange Cooper is a BFA graduate from the art school of Tasmania (UTAS) where she majored in printmaking and painting.
Since completing her degree in 2010, Ange has been working as a practising artist in her home-based studio and tutoring part time.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Ange grew up in the suburbs and was surrounded by bushland and sea. Her passion for the natural environment hasn’t faltered and her work is based predominantly around the Australian landscape.
Northwest to Southeast
Ange Cooper has been exploring areas of Tasmania for many years. This body of work is about her encounters with the landscape from the Northwest to the Southeast. Containers, shacks, and stationary buses are just some of the interesting accommodation choices for Ange.
Her primary media are painting and woodcut and, while her paintings are rich in expressive colour, her black and white woodcuts also have a strong painterly quality. As an artist drawn to the landscape, Ange’s intense reaction to a place or objects in nature results in art works that reflect her unique vision and way of looking at her environment and the strong connection she has with her subject matter.
Waters' Edge by Ange Cooper & Jan Jefferys
Tasmanian artists; Ange Cooper and Jan Jefferys provide us with an exceptional exhibition about the ebb and flow of the waters’ edge that allows us to inhabit this beautiful island.
“The water of the Channel has metaphorically seeped (and sometimes flooded) into my work. I enjoy being able to create luscious images of water overlaid with drawings and textures that playfully allude to my memories, longings and desires.” – Jan Jefferys 2019
“My work is based predominantly around the Australian landscape with shack-like houses dotted throughout the environment or some small suggestion of a human made object.” – Ange Cooper
Somewhere between semi-abstract and the real my work explores coexistence of the organic and inorganic environment. Growing up in the suburbs surrounded by bushland and sea, my passion for the natural setting has always been present. My work is based predominantly around the Australian landscape with shack-like houses dotted throughout the environment or some small suggestion of a human made object.
Their visual appearance is not vital; what is important is the part they play in connecting people with nature, where stories are told and relationships develop.
Photos are taken of a place but only referenced in the beginning of my work. Endeavouring to capture the essence of a place, I work with colour, texture and expressive mark making, distillation of shapes and lyrical gestures.