I love what I do
Painting is my passion.

Cape Town Artist

Andrew Cooper

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I Have Crafted My Skill Over Many Years

The work of Cape Town born self-taught artist, Andrew Cooper could best be described as a blend of semi-realism and mysticism. The bold use of colour, capturing the subtle nuances of light, depth of perspective and generous scale are all hallmarks of his paintings imbued with a mood & atmosphere of his own.

He paints from memory and his own photographs, rather than in situ and his aim is to capture the essence of the scene in his unique style. Through the rendering of fine detail, rich colour and expansive vistas, the viewer is transported into the scene itself. His mystical range of paintings spring from his imagination and represent nature, mythology and the often hidden spiritual side of life.

Apart from a few childhood years spent living in Scotland & England, Andrew has always called Cape Town his home. He has been painting professionally since 1987 initially working & exhibiting in watercolours for 9 years before making the transition to acrylics. With some of the world's most beautiful natural scenery on his doorstep, it's no surprise that the subject matter that underpins the majority of his art is the mountains, beaches, rivers, semi-desert, winelands and farmlands of the Western Cape.

Andrew's paintings reflect his temperament-grounded and humble; he approaches both his subject matter and the viewer in a sincere, unpretentious way. When he is not behind his easel, you might find him exploring outdoors fly-fishing rod in hand….he's also been known to enjoy a good Scotch.

  • 1989

    Watercolour exhibition at Groot Constantia Wine Farm - I had 16 paintings on exhibition and they all sold in the first hour.

  • 1991

    Carmel Art Gallery Constantia Village - I was accepted into the Galleries stable of renowned artists.

  • 1996

    Carmel Art Gallery Constantia Village - This was my first group exhibition at Carmel Art Gallery, my work was well received.

  • 2000

    Carmel Art Gallery Constantia Village - I was the lead artist in this group exhibition and sold a number of my paintings.

  • 2004

    World Art Publishing New York - My first international exhibition, a number of my paintings were exhibited on the World Art exhibition.

  • 2007

    Carmel Art Gallery Constantia Village - I was the lead artist in this group exhibition and received rave reviews in the media.

  • 2010

    The Smithfield Gallery London United Kingdom - I painted a number of British scenes which were exhibited at The Smithfield Gallery.

  • 2012

    Heinz Sieg Exhibition Eggenfelden Germany - a number of my paintings were shown in an exhibition of African art.

  • 2013

    Carmel Art Gallery Constantia Village - I exhibited my art together with a few renowned Cape Town contemporary artists 

  • 2014

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens  - my art was exhibited by three art groups during the summer. This has become an annual event.

  • 2019

    The Studio Art Gallery Simonstown - This was my first solo exhibition, my paintings were well received.

Quality Materials

To produce my best artwork, I make use of a variety of high end art supplies.  I paint on pre-stretched cotton canvasses, using a variety of small watercolour and domestic wall brushes up to 50mm wide.  I paint with the Daler Rowney range of professional quality acrylic paints and I use an acrylic glaze extender to reduce the amount of water required.

Paying it Forward


Baboon Matters Trust

For more than 25 years Baboon Matters has been at the forefront of baboon conservation – in the face of ever-increasing urbanization and intensive agriculture, and the resulting escalation in baboon/human conflict.  I support this initiative and donated a painting of the Contantiaberg which was auctioned at a fundraiser.


Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust is an active predator conservation working group. It uses research as a tool for conservation, finding solutions to human/wildlife conflict and inspiring interest in the environment through education.  I resonate with this initiative and donated a painting of the Rawsonville mountains which was auctioned at a fundraising event.


Stop Trafficking of People

Human trafficking does not discriminate – victims can be of any age, gender, race or social standing. Globally it is the Fastest growing illegal industry, with millions of people trapped and exploited around the world today.  I am sympathetic to this cause and donated a Tree of Life painting for auction at a fundraiser.


Shark Spotters

Shark Spotters is a shark safety and research organisation that has attracted attention because of the novel way it pro-actively reduces interactions and conflict between recreational water users and white sharks.  I empathise with the bad PR sharks have and donated of Scarborough beach which was auctioned at a fundraising event.


Parkscape Group

The Parkscape Group is seeking the creation of safe, biodiverse, open and shaded urban parks in the buffer zones of Table Mountain National Park where the Park meets urban edge. I live close to an urban edge and donated a painting of the Tokai forest for auction at a fundraising event.