Mela Cooke

Building on top of her experience as a physiotherapist, giving Mela a deep appreciation of the human body and its dimensions. Cooke's sculptures aim to encourage the viewer to reflect on the historical perspective of the object, giving thought to emotionals and disposition of the subject matter (people or animals) - ultimately, leaving the person with the knowledge that there is beauty in the world.

Art Work

Mela Cooke - The Children

Big Sister

Summer Days

 

Mela Cooke | Summer days
Mela Cooke _ The Aviator and his Flying

The Aviator and his flying machine

 

Mela Cooke _ Swim Squad

Swim Squad

 

Mela Cooke | Early Mornings
Mela Cooke _ A Measure Of Trust

A measure of trust

 

Mela Cooke _ He said, she said... bronze

He said, she said

 

Early Mornings

 

Mela Cooke's Biography

Awards

  • 1999 Winner Comerford Stone Sculpting Award.

  • 1997-2003 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition, prizes in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003.

  • 2000-2017 Sculptors Qld Exhibition, prizes in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005,2009, 2012, 2016, 2017,2018, 2019.

  • 2010, Livelife Villages Exhibition Sculpture 1st prize

  • 2011, Livelife Villages Exhibition Sculpture 2nd prize

  • 2011 Nundah village Art Exhibition 1st prize sculpture,

  • 2012 Nundah Art Exhibition 2nd prize sculpture

  • 2012 Nudgee College Art Festival 1st prize sculpture

  • 2013 Nundah Art Exhibition Sculpture 2 nd prize

  • 2013 Nudgee College Art Festival 2nd prize sculpture

  • 2014 Nundah Art Exhibition Sculpture 2 nd prize sculpture

  • 2014 Royal Qld Exhibition 1 st prize Sculpture

  • 2016 Royal Qld Exhibition Highly Commended

  • 2015 Sculptor for the Maryborough(Q’ld) Sculpture Trail, six bronzes.

  • 2016 Sculptor of seven life-size bronzes for Maryborough’s Sculpture Trail

  • 2016 Sculpture on the Edge’ SpicersTamarind 2016 Highly Commended

  • 2017 Sculptor of eleven bronze sculptures for Maryborough Sculpture Trail

  • 2017 Sculptor for life-size Mother Dingo & Pups at Hervey Bay Qld

  • 2017 Girt By Sea Outdoor Sculpture Award, Redland Bay 1 st prize

  • 2017 Royal Qld Exhibition 1 st prize & Highly Commended Sculpture

  • 2017 Royal Qld Exhibition Grand Champion Sculptor

  • 2018 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

  • 2018 Winner of the Family Choice Award Montalto Sculpture Prize Vic

  • 2018 Winner Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition

  • 2018 Winner of the ‘Volunteers Choice’ Award Stanthorpe Art Prize

  • 2018 Finalist Artentwine Sculpture Biennial Tas

  • 2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 2 nd prize Indoor Sculpture

  • 2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 1 st prize Outdoor Sculpture

  • 2018 Winner Wynnum Manly Yacht Club Sculpture Exhibition

  • 2018 Winner People’s Choice Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition

  • 2019 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic

  • 2019 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 2nd prize

  • 2019 Winner George Verine Memorial Prize, Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition

  • 2019 Winner 3D Award Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Award

  • 2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Outdoor Sculpture

  • 2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Representational Sculpture

  • 2020 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic Feb

Public Sculptures 

  1. Eighteen sculptures in the streets of Maryborough, Qld

  2. Sculptures ‘Dingo Family’ and ‘Platypus’ in forecourt of Hervey Bay Cultural Centre, Qld

Exhibitions

  • Group exhibitions 1992 to 2020 in Brisbane and Melbourne, London 2003.

  • Solo exhibition Brisbane 2002, Sydney 2016, Sorrento Vic 2020

  • 2018 Exhibition ‘Wild Forms’, Urban Paradise Gallery Brisbane.

  • 2019 Sculptors Exposed Pine Rivers Art Gallery

  • 2019 Qseven Sorrento, Vic

  • 2020 Manyung Gallery Sorrento ‘Women in Action’ solo exhibition

  • 2020 Northshore ‘Sculpture By The River’, Brisbane

Collections

private collections in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, France, USA, UK, Belgium, HK, Shanghai.

Art Education

  • Brisbane Institute of Art (studying sculptures) with Frank Lambert 1991-1993

  • Private classes with Frank Lambert 1993 - 2014

  • Marble sculpting with Graham Radcliffe 1998-2000

  • Marble sculpting with Italian sculptor Giovanni Balderi 2000 

President of Sculptors: Qld 2015,2016

Vice President Sculptors: Qld 2017,2018,2019,2020