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Title

Lyrebird 1

2017


Artist

Peter Cooley

Australia

1956 -


About

Trained in Brisbane and Sydney, Peter Cooley became widely known as a painter in the 1980s but over the past two decades has concentrated on the medium of ceramics. Based in the Blue Mountains, Cooley's work cuts across painting, ceramics and installation. His work has maintained a childlike exuberance that refuses to let the technical aspects of ceramics production overtake his jubilant approach to subject matter – native animals, screeching and preening birds and bush landscapes.

Cooley veers close to kitsch but in a very knowing way. Ceramics is the perfect foil for this as it can often veer towards the kitsch and decorative. Instead of denying these attributes Cooley celebrates them to create unique works of totemic originality, including Lyrebird 1, which is part of an ongoing series of lyrebird and other bird ceramic sculptures, including rosellas native to south-eastern Australia.


Details


Date

2017


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware


Dimensions

60.0 x 47.0 x 32.0 cm


Credit

Vicki Grima Ceramics Fund 2020


Location

Not on display


Accession number

5.2020


Artist information

Peter Cooley

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history