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.
In recent work, an equilateral triangle represents the fire or passion of creative energy. In the initial work from this series, the triangle is inscribed inside a circle. As the series has progressed, the triangle has been set free to exist as a glowing red or orange shape whose points radiate toward the corners of the composition and form abstract spatial dimensions.
Don Cooper was born in Texas, but grew up in Georgia and has lived 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. He was a part time instructor at the Atlanta College of Art for many years and is a gardener, cyclist and dreamer. 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.