Doug Cocker was born and raised in rural Scotland and comes from a long line of farmers and blacksmiths. Doug’s works speaks of the history of land he grew up in and the landscape in which he finds himself immersed now. His studio looks out upon the ever-changing Tayside landscape. Nature therefore quite naturally takes center stage in his work. His material is mainly wood, in many shapes and forms. He builds his pieces with exact precision developing and forming movement from static material. His wall dance pieces are great example of this. He also plays with the picture plane, with his Geography Series, wall based sculpture cutting a slicing and engaging in form and colour simultaneously still however reflecting and distilling with sensitivity the power and strength of nature and the cyclical pattern of the seasons.
Doug Cocker b-1945
The quality of his work reflects him and his career to date. An admirable CV which includes exhibitions over a forty year period, and venues include:
The John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago,
Taiwan Museum of Art,
Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo,
Galerije Grada, Zagreb,
Trondheim Biennalen, Norway,
Morioko Hashimoto Museum of Art, Japan,
Museul National Brukenthal,
University of Hawaii.
He also has exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Serpentine, London, The Barbican, London and most major Scottish venues.
He has work in public and private collections world wide and has undertaken over forty public art commissions including Mobil UK HQ, Aberdeen: RBS HQ, Bankside, London: Atlantic House, Cardiff: Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow: The Scottish Office, Edinburgh: and the Ben Lomond Memorial at Rowardenna.
‘He caught, don't ask me how, but ponder on it, the weather, in boxes black, rich as deepest night. Here the spikes of the nail-sharp rain, the dangerous zigzagging of lightening hurtling across the sky, the fleet-of-foot wisp-thin clouds, the layered mystery of the changing river. Confined, yet they move. Colourless, yet the beech wood is riotous. Silent, yet they sing the landsongs’.
Robin H Rodger, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 1995