Bio

 

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Award winning marine and landscape artist, David Hooper, lived for over 30 years in Port Hedland - an outback mining port on the north coast of WA. The Pilbara has been called ‘the economic heartbeat of Australia’ and the Iron Ore ships that visit on every tide are one of Hooper’s favourite subjects. He says; 

“I love painting the rugged outback landscape with it’s flooding rivers, ghost gums, and rocky outcrops. And my ‘happy place’ is a sundowner on a beach, with family, friends, a BBQ & a beer.”

Recently relocating to Coffs Harbour, David is finding fresh inspiration in the wonderful scenery of the east coast of Australia, as well as the west.

 

 

LONGER BIOGRAPHY

For award winning marine and landscape artist, David Hooper, Port Hedland has been home for around 30 years. Originally from Whangarei in New Zealand, a country that is renowned for being mountainous and green, the Pilbara region in North-West Australia came as a bit of a shock. Flat and red, it was a bit like comparing Earth and Mars. 

"And yet I love this Rusty Country!" David says, "We meant to move on, but we got married, travelled, and came back here and started to have a family. Lil’s folks were here and it was of great value to us for our children to have their grandparents around."

For 15 years David worked as a manufacturing jeweller, an occupation for which he had trained in New Zealand, and for 20 years he pastored C3 Church Port Hedland with Lil. 

The Pilbara has been called ‘the economic heartbeat of Australia’ and the Iron Ore ships that visit on every tide are one of Hooper’s favourite subjects. He says;

“I love painting the rugged outback landscape with it’s flooding rivers, ghost gums, and rocky outcrops. And my ‘happy place’ is a sundowner on a beach, with family, friends, a BBQ & a beer.”

"Throughout my life, art and painting have remained a constant hobby, and I dedicate one day per week to spend doing artwork. I enjoy escaping into my art.

My kids grew up with me painting in the lounge on a big roll-out blind, so I didn’t get the floor covered with paint. I tend to be a rather messy painter, almost all my clothes get paint on them, much to my wife’s angst. Now I have a studio.

I am mostly self-taught, learning through books, through practice, experience, and through teaching art. In the early days I tried to reproduce exact copies of what I was painting, but have been pushing away from reproducing photos. I now aim for a more impressionistic style.

When I look at other artists work, I love to see simplicity, something simple but effective. I like to present something that looks easy, but at the same time, attracts the eye, and draws you in."

Hooper's work is vibrant, with the use of bold and sometimes unreal colour. He describes them as paintings that are on the on the edge of something new.  A balance between bold colours and landscapes that exude light.

Current goals include painting more on a full time basis, teaching workshops online and on location, and to become a travelling artist, painting and teaching around Australia and the globe. That one may have to wait.

They have now relocated to Coffs Harbour to be nearer to their growing extended family. Grand-parenting is a whole new life stage! David is finding fresh inspiration in the wonderful scenery of the east coast of Australia, as well as the west.