Artist Profile: Joan Cooper

Joan Cooper, Visual Artist  Joan, like many children during the war years, was born literally with "a brush in  her hand." Most children during the World War II era were encouraged to pursue their artistic ability very early as a means of childhood occupation.  After marriage, two children and a successful business enterprise behind them the family moved to Sydney.  Joan completed a diploma course in Fine Arts at a South Sydney Technical College in 1972.  She has been the recipient of many awards.   Her business career has been weighted heavily toward fashion design.

Joan is an active member of The Royal Queensland Art Society Inc.  For many years she and her husband Len (an Honorary Member) served on the management committee of The Half Dozen Group of Artists Inc.  Joan and  Len (a warm glass artist) are both fully committed to a visual art practice working out of Cootharaba Studio in Annerley, Brisbane.  Joan has professional membership status of The National Association of Visual Artists with International recognition.

Joan enjoys the Fellowship of “Australian Active Artists” (10 respected artists) who paint together at St.Lukes Church Hall at Ekibin.  Joan is actively involved with “Artists in Action,” the artists of their Fellowship who work on site to support functions held by community groups.

The influence of mentoring by respected Australian Artists such as Irene Amos, Dale Marsh and Don Waters, together with Ada and Charles Ludlow, and her friends at The Kangaroo Point Art Group has shaped Joan’s artistic career.  She enjoys painting in Oils, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel and other drawing medium. Her work is both traditional and contemporary.  She tutors in oils and acrylics at various venues upon demand.  

In 2003 together with her friend and colleague, Joan became a Registered Proprietor of Les Belles Art Directors, a company involved in promotion of the visual arts.   Both Directors are respected for their professional expertise in both Curating and actively exhibiting in regular sole and group exhibitions.  Together Jocelyn Gedge and Joan have collectively managed 36 sole exhibitions to date.  Their Blue Ribbon Exhibitions are an Annual Event in aid of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Both Joan and Len have a patriotic and spiritual love of the Australian Landscape.  Extensive camping through Australia’s remotest regions are common place for the couple.  Drawings and plien air painting and photographs form the core of the material they both use to create their finished work.

Joan’s unique spiritual application of colour and form, to both contemporary and traditional work, has become her trademark. Her work has attracted buyers and numerous awards from Government Departments, collectors both private and commercial together with international sales in the U.K, Russia; Canada and Europe and China. 

Recently Joan and Len were invited by Roma on Bungil Gallery and the Maranoa Regional Council to mount 2  major sole exhibitions.  The exhibition was the first in the series:-

• “The Essence of Australia from Desert to Sea”, 54 Impressionist Landscape paintings and 30 warm glass sculptures in April, 2012, Opened by Her Excellency, The Governor of Queensland Ms Penelope Wensley AO;

• a second in the series “The Essence of Australia -Little Gems” at Dogwood Crossing, Miles Cultural Centre in December, 2012 for the Miles Christmas Festival;

• The Goodiwindi Regional Council to present a third "The Essence of Australia-A Changing Pallette” at the Texas Regional Art Gallery opening 30 June, 2013. 

Joan's philosophy is that: "No one can ever compete with the creative composition of this great universe - so don't try - just attempt to capture the essence of your surroundings and enjoy the experience."                                 

Brief Recent History:

2011   Soroptimists in support of The Motor Neuron Foundation ;

2011   Sole Exhibition at Cootharaba Studio,

2011   Finalist Rotary “Art Spectacular” Riverfront Place;

2011   Finalist Art for Art’s Sake;

2010   Historical Open Day at St Mary’s Kangaroo Pt. Parklands “Artists in Action” Exhib.;         

2010   Convened,  at request of Patron Her    Excellency Penelope Wensley, an Exhibition for            100 year celebration of “Fernberg” Residence -Government House.

2009/10  Les Belles Art Directors “Blue Ribbon ”  Prostate Cancer Foundation            Annual Les Belles Showcase of 12 Sole Exhibitors each yr. (coll. 36)

2001   Gallery 419 - The Half Dozen Group.  As President of the Half Dozen Group Joan Curated    and Managed Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.   Hosted by RQAS.  Opening Speech QAG and Supporting Speech Dr. Irene Amos OBE. 

2007   Finalist in Redeemer Lutheran College “Excellence in Art Awards”

2003-11    Finalist National Watzing Matilda Ex.   

Joan Cooper

Joan Cooper, Visual ArtistJoan, like many children during the war years, was born literally with a creative ability.  Most children during the World War II era were encouraged...


Len Cooper

Len Cooper, Warm Glass ArtistFor many years Len had been planning to make his love of sculpturing in warm glass become a reality.  As his successful business career was wound down...


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"Old Dogs New Tricks"

Joan and Len Cooper have joined forces with Jocelyn, Michele and Edward Gedge to present an exhibition of their art with something to please everyone styled "Old Dogs New Tricks" at the Logan Artists Association beautiful "Able Gallery", 29 Coral Street, Loganlea, Brisbane.

Joan and Jocelyn will offer works in oils, watercolour and acrylic.  Len, Michele and Edward have created their unique warm glas sculptures, platters and hanging pieces.

The exhibition will open on 6th June and will close on 18 June 2015.  The gallery is open daily from 9.30am to 3.00pm.  Official opening on Sunday 14th June by Dr. Phil Hall, Hon Curator Art Collection St. Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane.

The exhibition is supporting Dr. Liz Butler to raise funds for cancer research, especially that for Melanoma Research.

Come along to the exhibition, enjoy the art and meet the artists.

Unique paintings and glass sculptures are for sale direct from the artists at prices from $50.00 to $1500.00.



Exhibition Texas Regional Art Gallery, Texas, Qld.

The Goondiwindi Regional Council has invited Joan and Len to present an exhibition of their art at the Texas Regional Art Gallery, located in the Cultural Centre, High Street, Texas.

Exhibition “Dogwood Crossing” Miles. Qld

Joan and Len have been requested by the Western Downs Regional Council to present an exhibition of their art at Dogwood Crossing Regional Art Gallery, Miles.  The facility is an A Class Regional Gallery and is owned by the Western Downs Regional Council.


The exhibition was a great success and Joan and Len have again been invited to mount another in the "Essence of Australia" series in September 2014.


Roma Exhibition

Joan and Len have recently returned to Cootharaba Studio in Brisbane after a very successful Exhibition at Roma on Bungil Gallery - "Essence of Australia from Desert to Sea".  The exhibition was opened by The Governor of Queensland, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC     Governor's Speech