David Cooke has been a professional sculptor since graduating in 1992 from Leeds Metropolitan University with a degree in 3D Design. Since then he has tackled many animal subjects – such as crabs, dinosaurs and gorillas, but has tended to specialize in reptiles and birds. In 2017 his Orangutan sculpture won the runner up award at the ‘Wildlife Artist Of The Year’ show at the Mall Galleries. David has worked on many commissions, such as Ring-tailed Lemurs for London Zoo.
“I have always been inspired by the shapes and patterns within the natural world. Since switching from stoneware ceramic to working in bronze, my pieces have become increasingly abstract. Being able to cast my own bronzes has allowed me to attempt shapes and compositions that would have been completely impractical in ceramic.”