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Randy Cooper


Born at 238 feet below sea level in Mecca, California, Randy Cooper had only one direction in which he could go -- up! And he certainly has done that. After earning a Master’s degree in education from the University of Idaho, Randy served as a special education teacher. He has also worked as a hod carrier and a lumberjack in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. He worked for Westinghouse for 7 years, first as an operator, and then as a developer and teacher of the Total Quality Management program. As an artist, he credits this experience for his dramatic attention to detail . Randy’s mother is a master carver of birds. His sister is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and author. The sensitivity of Randy’s huge hands seems to come from his genes! Randy’s first art education consisted of two 6-week courses studying with sculptor Wren Prather-Stroud. He also studied at the Scottsdale Artists’ School with Tuck Langland for a week. Randy is basically self-taught and has developed all of his shadow sculpture techniques on his own in the form of Randy Cooper sculpture. Randy works as a full-time sculptor and lives in New Mexico with his wife, Susan, a writer and an artist who works primarily in pastels, oils, and acrylics. After working successfully in clays, artificial stone, and bronzes, Randy began crafting intriguing and magical sculptures in wire mesh. These are forms created in wire screen that cast lovely shadows on the wall. When lit, the shadows sometimes have more details than the sculpture itself. Randy’s ability to see the subtleties in the human form makes his work stand out. These shadow sculptures have been sweeping the United States and the world for the past few years. Randy Cooper shadow art for sale is a major force among America’s contemporary artists. His Shadow Sculptures highlight many gallery and private collections throughout the world. Check out our Randy Cooper Shadow art for sale including Randy Cooper art prices.

Shadow Sculptures in wire mesh

Randy Cooper's exquisite wire sculptures captivate the eye with their simplicity and tease the mind with the subtle details in their shadows.

Cooper creates intriguing and magical sculptures in iron wire mesh, which cast fine, drawing-like shadows (Shadow Sculptures) on the wall. He works with models, which give his work an uncanny, life-like quality. His inherent understanding of materials and his power of concentration have allowed him to develop his own intuitive techniques in creating these dynamic sculptures.

Randy works the wire mesh much as a painter works a canvas with brushes: with his large, powerful hands, he fashions each Shadow Sculpture, lovingly creating original, classical forms that are alive with motion and grace. The shadows take on a life of their own and sometimes look uniquely different from the original image. By changing the position of the light source or by moving the sculpture slightly, a whole new work of art is brought to life.

The magic displayed by the exciting juxtaposition of image and shadow is a collector's dream. Both the art connoisseur and the casual browser become entranced and will stand for hours, fascinated by Randy's artistry.

Shadow Sculptures have been sweeping the nation and now have a foothold in Europe. Randy is largely self-taught, with little formal art education.

Cooper, a full-time sculptor living in the Southwest, is largely self-taught, with little formal art education. However, he has acquired a definite artistic bent through his family: his mother is a master carver who creates magnificent birds, and his sister is a skilled artist and author.

The popularity of his art work has increased their value in a very short time. The magical beauty of his sculpture, along with their reasonable cost, make the purchase of a Randy Cooper Shadow Sculpture an excellent acquisition for any collector.

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