Peter Cooley Artist Portrait

1956      Born Murwillumbah, Australia
1974-76 Associate Diploma of Fine Art, Brisbane College of Art
1976-79 Diploma of Art, City Art Institute, Sydney


2023 Melbourne Design Fair, Booth E1, Martin Browne Contemporary, Melbourne
2022 Terracotta, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2022 Birds and Busted Guts, HOTA, Gold Coast
2022 Peter CooleyScott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2020 Peter Cooley, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2019 Peter Cooley, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Environment, Colour, Tone, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2017 Journey – Melbourne to Leura 2003 – 2017, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne
2015 Marsupial II, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2014 Marsupial I, Martin Browne Contemporary at Melbourne Art Fair
2013 Through the Archipelago II, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2012 Through the Archipelago I, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2011 Through the Archipelago, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2010 Gould Galleries Melbourne Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2009 Where we know with Toni Warburton, Wollongong City Gallery
2009 Focused, Bathurst Regional Gallery
2008 Peter Cooley: Mixture, Gould Galleries, Melbourne
2007 Peter Cooley, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2005 Peter Cooley, Gould Galleries, Melbourne
2005 Peter Cooley: Jamison Valley Panorama, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2005 Peter Cooley, Gould Galleries, Melbourne
2003 More Tea Towels, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2002 Central and Northern Australia revisited (after the tea towels), Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1999 Paintings from Central and Northern Australia, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1998 From Leura to Blackheath, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1996 Peter Cooley, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1994 Homemade and Slutty: Paintings and Ceramics, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1993 Paintings and Ceramics, Gallery Rhumbarallas, Melbourne
1992 Screen or Scream, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1992 Peter Cooley, Sammlung Gallerie North, Germany
1991 Peter Cooley: Paintings on Metal, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1990 Peter Cooley: Paintings, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1989 Ceramic Show, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1989 Peter Cooley, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1988 Peter Cooley, Girgis and Klym Gallery, Melbourne
1986 Show Time, Studio 666, Paris
1985 Peter Cooley, Mori Gallery, Sydney


2023 brick vase clay cup jug, Art Gallery NSW, Sydney
2023 Sydney Contemporary, Booth F10, Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
2023 Braving Time, Contemporary Art in Queer Australia, NAS Gallery, Sydney
2021 Clay Dynasty, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2021 Opening Exhibition, HOTA, Gold Coast
2019 Rococo Colonial, Hazelhurst, Bathurst & Lismore Regional Galleries
2018 Sydney Contemporary, Scott Livesey Galleries, Sydney
2018 Wild, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
2017 Woolahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, NSW
2017 From Nature, Martin Browne Contemporary, NSW
2017 The Unflinching Glaze, Stephen Benwell & Peter Cooley works from the collection, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
2016 Winter Group Show, Martin Browne Contemporary, NSW
2016 Gold Coast International Ceramic Award, Gold Coast Arts Centre, QLD
2015 Previewfor Art Month, Martin Browne Contemporary, NSW
2014 Sculpture Show, Wangaratta Regional Gallery, VIC
2014 Woollaha Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, NSW
2013 Woollaha Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra, NSW
2012 Picturing the Great Divide, Blue Mountains Regional Gallery, NSW.
2012 Animal Human, Univeristy of Queensland Art Museum, QLD
2009 Sylvania Waters, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
2007 Pots of Paint, The Delmar Gallery, NSW
2006 Living Treasures, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW
2006 Director’s Choice, Gould Galleries, Melbourne, no. 18, illustrated
2003 Home Sweet Home: works from the Peter Fay collection, National Gallery of Australia,         Canberra, illustrated
2003 Hung, Drawn & Quartered – 25 Years, 25 Artists, Tin Sheds Gallery, Faculty of Architecture,         Sydney University, illustrated
2001 GOULD contemporary, Gould Galleries, Melbourne
2000 Australian Landscape, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
2000 Thinking Aloud, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1999 Exchange, Ray Hughes Gallery at the George Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Swish, Casula Powerhouse, Casula
1997 Ceramic Show, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
1997 Queers Crossing, Ivan Dougherty, Sydney
1996 Group Exhibition, Craftspace, Sydney
1996 Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1996 Contemporary Australian Abstraction, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
1996 Road to Love, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
1996 Ray Hughes at Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane
1995 Asia and Oceania Influence, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1995 It’s about time, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney
1993 Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1993 Contemporary Australian Paintings, Allen, Allen & Hemsley Collection
1993 Rotary Collection of Australian Art from NGA, Touring Sydney &Melbourne
1993 After the Field, Manly Art Gallery, NSW
1993 We are Here, ACCA, Melbourne
1993 Sshh…, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1993 Rotary Travelling Exhibition, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1992 You are Here, ACCA Melbourne, IMA Brisbane, CAS Melbourne
1992 Wish Hard, Biennale Satellite, Wollongong City Gallery
1992 Ceramic Design Group, Mori Annexe, Sydney
1992 We are Here, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
1991 Microcosm, Garry Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1991 Rules for Drawing, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1991 Girgis & Klym Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Art within Text, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Art Frankfurt 1990, Mori Gallery and Frankfurt
1990 Girgis & Klym Gallery, Melbourne
1988 Invitational Prize, Centre Regional Gallery, Queensland
1988 Dissonances, Espace, Vendome, Paris
1988 The New Generation, Australian National Gallery, Canberra
1987 Modern Objects, Mori Gallery, Sydney
1987 Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Grand Palais, Paris
1987 A First Look, Drill Hall, ANG
1987 Girgis & Klym Gallery, Melbourne
1985 Queensland Works, University of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland
1985 Colour-Form-Pattern, University of Tasmania Art Gallery, Tasmania
1984 Five from Sydney, Loaded Brush Gallery, Seattle, USA
1983 Landscape, Mori Gallery, Sydney


2014 Highly Commended, Woollahra Small Aculpture Prize
2010 Gold Coast International Ceramic award
2000 Greene St Studio, New York, USA


Allens Collection
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
British Museum
Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
HOTA, Gold Coast City Gallery
John McBride Collection
Macquarie Group
Mollison/Langford Collection
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Powerhouse Museum
Shepparton Art Museum
University of Queensland Art Museum
Wollongong City Gallery


John McDonald, Sculpting a Living, Spectrum, SMH , August 23-24, 2014
Stella Rosa McDonald, Rebel Heart, Art Collector, Special Edition Melbourne Art Fair, 2014
William Sturrock, Peter Cooley, Artist Profile, Issue 28, 2014
Glenn Barkley, So Hot Right Now? Contemporary Ceramics and
Contemporary Art, Artand, Issue 51.4, 2014
Sotheby’s Catalogue, Fine Asian, Australian and European Art Design, Melbourne, 18 June 2013
New 3, Selected Recent Acquisitions, 2013
Gavin Fry, The Peter Elliott Collection, 2013
Gavin Fry, Picturing the Grat Divide, 2012
Katrina Strickland, Australian Financial Review, February 2012
Glenn Barkley, The Ground Underfoot, CEramics Art and Perception, Issue 83, 2011
Review by Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph 12 March 2010
‘Spectrum’, Sydney Morning Herald 20 March 2010
‘Reality Takes a Beating’, Sydney Morning Herald 14 October 2009
Mark Bayly, ‘Peter Cooley – Phantasmagoria’, Ceramics: Art and Perception, issue 62, 2005, pp. 37-40
‘Recent Acquisitions’, Art Bank, no. 6, 2002
Benjamin Genocchio, ‘Review’, The Weekend Australian, 9-10 March, 2002
Michael Reid, ‘Art Market’, The Weekend Australian, 11-12 September, 1999
Sebastian Smee, ‘Metro’, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March, 1998
‘Domain’, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 March, 1997
John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 February, 1996
Bruce James, ‘Arts Beat’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 October, 1996
Anna Johnson, ‘Review’, ABC Television, 7 October, 1996
Jo Holder, ‘The Cosmopolitan Esperanto of Coffee Shops’, Monument, no. 8, 1995
Felicity Fenner, ‘Astronaut of British Abstraction’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July, 1994
Felicity Fenner, ‘When Bad Means Good’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July, 1994
David O’Halloran, ‘A Specific Framework’, The Advertiser, 21 October, 1993
David Phillips, ‘You are Here’, Eyeline, Autumn, 1993
Bronwyn Watson, ‘Haunted by War’, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 February, 1993
Terry Ingram, ‘Art Frankfurt Review’, Australian Financial Review, 6 May, 1993
Terence Maloon, We are Here, ACCA, Melbourne, 1993. (cat)
Sue Smith, ‘Gay Art Fired with Wit’, The Courier Mail, 20 November, 1992
Bronwyn Watson, ‘Shoplifters Scream’, Sydney Morning Herald, 31July, 1992
Jo Saurin, ‘In the Abyss of Uncomfortable Truths about Art and Life’, Review, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March, 1991
Joanne Mendhelssohn, ‘Taking a Risk on Art’, The Bulletin, 14 June 1988, p.108
Catherine David, Dissonances, Union des Assurances de Paris, 1988 (cat)
A new Generation, the 80’s Catalogue, National Gallery of Australia (cat)
Salon de Jeune Peinture, Paris, 1987 (cat)
Mori Gallery at United Artists, Melbourne, Mori Gallery, 1986 (cat)
Queensland Works, University of Queensland Press, 1985. (cat)

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