Don Cooper's paintings have relied heavily on symbolism for the past 25 years. Symbolic images such as the sacred lotus, the vortex, the bindu and the circle signify meanings that are different from their literal sense. The symbols often express psychological, mystical and spiritual states of mind.
Cooper was born in Texas, but grew up in Georgia. He has lived and worked in Atlanta since 1976. His art has been inspired by travels in the US, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Vietnam, Thailand, India and China. Cooper has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Program, SECCA 7, the Southern Arts Federation, CGR and Awards in the Visual Arts. To date, Cooper’s work has been in over 30 solo exhibitions and 65 regional and international group exhibitions. In 2004, Cooper was one of six Georgia artists to be included in the MOCA GA exhibition, Transitions II, curated by Karen Comer Lowe. The artist is one of three winners of the inaugural 2007 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant and he was also awarded the Judith Alexander Artadia Award in 2009.