An Eye for Nature – the life and art of William T Cooper, written by Penny Olsen with a foreword by David Attenborough was published in March 2014. Illustrated with nearly 200 paintings, drawings and photographs, many never previously published. In this biography, Olsen traces the path of Cooper’s life and art—from his childhood spent in the bush, to his teenage years as an apprentice taxidermist and, later, to his work as a window dresser and landscape artist. She documents extensive travels in Australia and abroad in pursuit of his subjects. Olsen’s commentary reveals the development of an artist and the trajectory of a life, while extracts from Cooper’s extensive field notebooks give an insight into his interests and processes.
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