A bird and wildlife painter, William T. Cooper was born in Newcastle, NSW in 1934 and began his career in 1964 initially as a landscape and seascape artist, but then became an avian artist.He travelled all around Australia and throughout Asia and East Africa in pursuit of his subjects - mainly birds. He provided the illustrations for a a number of limited edition bird books including Portfolio of Australian Birds, written by Keith Hindwood. This was followed by Parrots of the World, Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds, Australian Parrots, Kingfishers and Related Birds, The Cockatoos (a Portfolio of all Species), writtem by Joseph M Forshaw. In 1994 Cooper was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his contribution to art and natural history.
In our database, 46 works by William Cooper are listed as being offered for sale, the earliest in 1977, of which 35 (76%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $60,000 for Cockatoos and Other Birds sold by Bonhams in June 2010. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by William Cooper are held by the Museum Of New Zealand and National Gallery of Australia.
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Could the second and subsequent works by this artist sold after June 9, 2010 for over $1,000 be liable for the Artists' Resale Royalty? More info…
Yes, eligible, subject to the artist satisfying the residency test. The artist is alive or has been deceased for less than 70 years. Contact the Copyright Agency for information on the residency test.