Graham Cooley’s unique selection of artworks reveal his broad taste across both Visual and Decorative Arts. Most collectors will amass a certain type of work, normally by a certain artist, and stick to it. Cooley, however, meets the art world with open arms and scoops up an array of work which portrays the exceptional level of craftsmanship which has emerged from the UK.
Glass: Sam Herman
Sam Herman is a contemporary glass artist, sculptor and painter. One of Harvey Littleton's first students, Herman is credited as one of the founders of the Studio Glass movement in Britain. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum.
Light: Bernard Rooke
Bernard Rooke studied at the Ipswich School of Art and Goldsmiths' College, London. His early pieces were mainly fashioned by hand using coils and blocks. Rooke found that his work might not find a market as a piece of sculpture, if made into a lamp base it was more readily acceptable to the public. The lamp bases were, indeed, popular and are now design icons of the sixties and seventies.
Paint: Duncan Clarke
Duncan Clarke is a painter and conservationist, studying the impact of intensive farming and industrialisation on the environment around him in the Oxfordshire village of Coleshill. Born in 1958 Duncan studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art 1977-1980; exhibitions include showing in the Laing Competition 1991 and Hunting Art Prize 1991.
Clay: John Maltby
John Maltby is a distinguished English sculptor and studio potter. Maltby's career began when he arranged to meet Bernard Leach after reading Leach's "A Potter's Book". On Leach's advice Maltby joined Bernard's son David Leach in 1962 at Lowerdown Pottery in Devon where he was his apprentice for nearly two years before setting up his own pottery. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many public collections including Victoria and Albert Museum.