1978 AUSTRALIAN BIRD LITHOGRAPH FROM “PARROTS OF THE WORLD” BY BILL COOPER PROFESSIONALLY X3 MATTED AND FRAMED IN UNIQUE SIGNED HAND PAINTED FRAME 20,5" X 17,5" BEAUTIFUL DESIGNER WALL ART DÉCOR DFPN89
Cooper Parrot plate
Beautiful green tropical bird
Professionally triple matted & framed in unique hand painted signed frame.
From Cooper’s second book “Parrots of the World (1978)”
Collaborated with Joseph Forshaw, head of conservation for the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. Cooper also designed two sets of postage stamps for the government of Papua New Guinea.
Great condition, superb colors.
Finished size: 20.5" X 17.5" Weight: 5 to 6 lbs.
Professionally framed in a unique custom frame hand painted and signed by artist to enhance the print, also adorned with 3 acid free mats, 2 of them hand painted with minute details.
Now reduced to less than 1/2 since we just closed our building and are liquidating what is left.
Frame is unique and created to enhance the print.
Bill Cooper, who has died aged 81, was an Australian artist regarded by Sir David Attenborough as the country’s “greatest living scientific painter of birds”.
Cooper had an eye for botanical detail cultivated from his early career as a landscape painter, and his works surged with color and activity. Whereas many of the great earlier artists had focused purely on their avian subject, his birds of paradise perched on leafed branches against a lush rainforest background. In one work a pair of wedge-tailed eagles do battle high above the plains of eastern Australia, while elsewhere two crimson rosellas peck at briar rosehips in the snow – “one of their favorite foods”, as Cooper noted .
He honed his knowledge of species in their natural habitats with extensive travel abroad, studying bird populations in far-flung regions across East Africa, Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia. A regular companion on these journeys was Cooper’s wife Wendy, herself a respected – and, like her husband, entirely self-taught – botanist. Together they published three books on the fruiting plants of Australia’s tropical rainforests, each one containing Bill’s meticulous illustrations.
In 1979 his work caught the eye of David Attenborough, who tracked Cooper down in Queensland and commissioned several paintings for his own private collection. The artist introduced the naturalist to the birds of paradise living on the Coopers’ doorstep, and Attenborough made him the focus of a 1993 documentary, Portrait Painter to the Birds. The following year Cooper was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to art and natural history.
William Cooper, born April 6 1934, died May 10 2015
We recently closed our gallery of rare antique books and prints, original signed art, rare textile art and unique hand painted frames, some of the prints and art framed, some not, and all our artwork and antique prints will be listed here daily as we go.
We also carry loose original prints 300 years old or less in great condition such as: Albin, Audubon, Baron, Barraband, Bertuch, Brodtmann, Brown, Buffon, Cassel, Curtis, Cuvier, Donovan, Edwards, Fitch, Frisch, Grandville, Harrison, Walter Hood, Latham, Linden, Linnaeus, Loddiges, Martinet, McKenney, Morris, Munting, Redoute, Reinchenbachia, Schreber, Schubert, Selby, Shaw and Nodder, Van Geel, Warner, etc.... etc...
Again, we closed our art store of antique prints and custom frames as well as our store of rare artifacts from around the world and we will now sell them direct to the public here. We have 1000's of antique prints and it will take a while to do so, so if you are interested in prints from the names above or others since I did not have time to list them all, please let us know.