About

Lilian Cooper NL/GB (born Paris, France) Is an artist working with drawing, her work focuses on nature and climate change. The fragility of the eco-system is central to her practice.

Lilian Cooper

Photo: Elizabeth Schelvis

Since 1998 Cooper has been mapping all the edges of the rock coastline of the North Atlantic Ocean. She is recording the coastal rim by creating series of drawings studying rock structure and form at locations from Labrador down the coast through Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine, Western Isles in Scotland, Shetland, Orkney, Ireland, Norway, France and Northern Spain. She works in local environments learning from the community around her and researching links, historical and actual between locations. Parallel to this she is also working on an ongoing project studying the life and death of trees, These drawings are incorporated into a contemporary xylotheque and many in depth studies of plant and tree characteristics in series of tree portraits. Working with plant pathologists has enabled her to make manifest causes of tree diseases.


Her artist residencies and drawing projects include Byrdcliffe Colony, Woodstock NY, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Weir Farm, National Historic Site Connecticut. Her drawings are included in numerous catalogues, articles in Land and People magazine and other publications and most recently in the Routledge book Environmental Art. Her work is in various collections including Cambridge County Council and Shetland Museum and Art Gallery, UK, Nature Art Museum, Gong-ju, South Korea and the Amsterdam City Archives.


Cooper graduated in 1992 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands with a degree in Fine Arts. Her first degree is in Architecture. Her work is exhibited in Europe, Canada, USA, Japan and South Korea. Exhibitions have included solo and group shows at Portland Museum of Art, and Missouri State University, USA; Geumgang National Museum, South Korea; Shetland Museum, UK; Tempus Arti, Belgium, curated by Jan Hoet; Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She works informally with artists groups in the Maritime region of Eastern Canada and in South Korea, including her recent participation in the Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale.


She is presently a visiting artist at Hortus Botanicus Leiden, where she is continuing her xylotheque portraits and developing her knowledge of trees while providing an accessible interface between the botanic garden and the public.