Mela Cooke Artist Catalog | Agora Gallery

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West 25th Street, New York, NY

Many of Mela Cooke’s sculptures have a cryptic but satisfying balance: they possess the gravity and beauty of the human form, but a somehow corresponding playfulness often dances over the piece as well. Though she also sculpts animal and still life objects, her bronze sculptures are mostly human figures in their organic situations: in repose, swimming, playing rugby, on a scooter, shooting an arrow, or a couple in embrace. Her main inspiration is capturing and expressing the breadth of people’s everyday experience.

Cooke’s focus on and expert knowledge of anatomy stems from her 25 years working in physical therapy in her hometown of Brisbane, Australia. Trained in both bronze sculpture and marble, Cooke enjoys the tactile experience of the initial forming for the metal casting. The sensuousness and negotiability of clay allow her to put motion and emotion into her pieces. She also capitalizes on the three-dimensional privilege of negative space.

Cooke has created many public works and commissions around the state of Queensland .She has served as both president and vice-president of Sculptors Queensland. Her pieces are in private collections worldwide and are featured in both the Galleria Azur (Berlin) and the Van Gogh Gallery (Madrid).

All Dressed Up with Nowhere To Go Bronze 37.5” x 21.5” x 17.5 $22000 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Early Mornings Bronze 26.5” x 13” x 14.5” $18000
Into the Blue Bronze 27” x 25.5” x 12 $17500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Just Paused Bronze 37.5” x 19” x 10” $17800
Urban Botanica Bronze 39.5” x 16” x 16” $17500 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Poised Bronze 26.5” x 15.5” x 12.5” $8800
Polkadot Diva Bronze 12” x 5” x 8” $5400 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Swim Squad Bronze 10” x 5” x10” $11500
The Baby Butcher Bird and the Bad Hair Day Bronze 16.5” x 8” x 11” $5800 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM The Conversation Bronze 15” x 17” x 17” $17500
The Night Hunter Bronze 25” x 11” x 19” $8800 BUY ON ART-MINE.COM
BUY ON ART-MINE.COM Timeout Bronze 27.5” x 12.5” x 15” $9500

My inspiration and love of people and animals is best expressed in my bronze sculptures. I enjoy the process of working in clay, with its sensuality of form, as it allows for different qualities of surface and line, negative space, motion and emotion. The bronze sculpture has a unique strength and beauty, and allows the figures to disclose a certain tension and suggestion of movement, while maintaining subtlety. I hope the viewer looks at the work from different angles and in different lights, to appreciate the nuances and passion that I have inscribed into each of my pieces.


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