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Brent Cooke

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for August, 2015

Brent ( right)  receiving AFC Award of Excellence from Jeffrey Whiting at 2014 annual gala.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Brent Cooke has lived on Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest most of his life.  Having discovered a love of carving at a young age, he did wood relief and figures, stone carvings, then fine detail decoys before taking up bronze sculpture in more recent years.  His work focuses mainly on birds and sea creatures, with birds of prey being his favorite subject. Brent’s clay sculptures are cast by Valley Bronze of Oregon, a foundry of high repute with a, dedicated, skilled and highly experienced staff who consistently deliver high caliber art of all sizes. Brent’s pieces feature fine detailing and some represent a chase, the outcome of which is left to a viewer's imagination.  His use of negative space and the ability to capture the essence of movement and interaction of his subjects has been widely recognized and complimented by art lovers at galleries and shows.

Brent is represented by several galleries in Canada and the United States including  The Peninsula Gallery in Sidney, BC, Webster Galleries in Calgary, AB, Valley Bronze Gallery in Joseph,OR, and the Lovette Gallery inTulsa, OK.  He also has a sculpture (Silent & Serene) in the Riverwalk Park in Pueblo, CO, a public art project in that city.

He spends a great deal of time in the field photographing birds and wildlife which fuels his desire to capture subjects and interactions as inspiration for his studio work.  A marine biology technician by training and a skilled underwater photographer, Brent has made valuable contributions to science including mapping the ranges of various marine species and collecting more than 14,000 underwater photographs for the Royal British Columbia Museum, including images of species not previously known to live in B.C. waters.

Brent joined the AFC as an artist the first year they appeared on the West Coast.  After  meeting and spending time with its founder and president, Jeff Whiting, Brent became a Board member.  He soon flew off to China with Jeff to negotiate a potential partnership which would see a traveling AFC exhibit hosted in Beijing.  Since then, he has paricipated in and worked with the  AFC shows in Vancouver and Ft. Lauderdale, FL and participated in the Marine Explorers Program with AFC and Guy Harvey in the Cayman Islands.   Brent continues to assist with work on programs to be held in future in other parts of the world.

Brent and forty-nine other invited artists participated in the Artists for an Oil-free Coast initiative.  They traveled to the Great Bear Rainforest to find inspiration for works which could bring public awarness to the potential for loss of habitat and wildlife due to the proposed Enbridge oil pipeline project.

 

Brent is honoured to have been juried into each AFC Art Festival since 2010, and has won the Medal of Excellence and a Best of Show for his work. In June, 2015,  he received the Robert Bateman Award from the Canadian Wildlife Federation at a ceremony held in St. John, NB.   This award, given annually, recognizes an individual who brings awareness to conservation through their artistic work.

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