Don Cooper (b. 1944) grew up in Georgia and has lived primarily in Atlanta since 1976. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Georgia, and has taught at West Georgia College and the Atlanta College of Art. Cooper’s art has been inspired by travels in the US, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Italy and China. His meditative, ritualistic paintings and digital images are inspired by universal symbols such as the bindu, a Sanskrit term for a central dot which represents consciousness, being and the sacred point of origin and return.
Among his awards and honors are a Fulbright Artist Grant, SECCA 7 Grant, Southern Arts Federation Grant, MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant (WAP), and the Judith Alexander Artadia Award. He has had over 30 solo exhibitions and 70 group exhibitions. His work is in the collection of the Albright Knox Gallery, the High Museum of Art, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Coca-Cola USA, and the Morris Museum of Southern Art.
Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection: