Mela Cooke was born in Victoria, Australia and educated at The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland. Mela is a city-based artist with a love of sculpture. Mela produces detailed figures ranging from people to whimsical animals.
My sculptures are informed by my enduring interest in portraying and defining the character and beauty of the people in my life.
I have always been a ‘people’s person’, and I delight in endeavouring to capture the essence of the personalities of my family and friends in my sculptures. I have been influenced by two sculptors in particular, Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, and their work has inspired me to employ strong lines and truthful gestures in order to make my sculptures live.
I have worked in various mediums, including marble , but have arrived at the point in my life where my love of the serenity of working in clay, and my appreciation of the beauty & timelessness of bronze, has resulted in my now working solely in this medium.
1998-2000 - Studied Marble Sculpting with Graham Radcliffe
1993-2013 - Continued private classes with Frank Lambert
1991-93 - Brisbane Institute of Art, with Frank Lambert
1992-2017 - Group Exhibitions in Brisbane and Melbourne
2016 - Solo exhibition in Sydney
2003 - Group Exhibition in London
2002 - Solo Exhibition in Brisbane
Awards & Prizes
2019 Finalist in Montalto Vineyard Annual Sculpture Exhibition Vic
2018 Finalist in Montalto Vineyard Annual Sculpture Exhibition Vic
2018 Winner of the Family Choice Award Montalto Sculpture Exhibition 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 2nd prize Indoor Sculpture
2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize Outdoor Sculpture
2018 Winner Wynnum Manly Yacht Club Sculpture Exhibition
2018 Winner People’s Choice Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition
2017 Sculptor of eleven bronze sculptures for Maryborough Sculpture Trail
2017 Sculptor for life size Mother Dingo & Pups at Hervey Bay Qld
2017 2nd prize Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition
2017 Girt By Sea Outdoor Sculpture Award, Redland Bay 1st prize
2017 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize & Highly Commended
2017 Royal Qld Exhibition Grand Champion Sculptor
2016 Royal Qld Exhibition Highly Commended
2016 Sculptor of seven life size bronzes for Maryborough’s Sculpture Trail
2016’Sculpture on the Edge’ SpicersTamarind 2016 Highly Commended
2015 Sculptor for the Maryborough(Qld) Sculpture Trail, six bronzes.
2014 Winner first prize Royal Qld show for sculpture
2014 Winner Nudgee College art exhibition 1st prize sculpture
2013 Winner 3rd prize royal qld show for sculpture
2012 - Nudgee College Art Festival, 1st Prize Sculpture
2012 - RNA, 3rd Prize Sculpture & Highly Recommended
2012 - Nundah Village Art Exhibition, 2nd Prize Sculpture
2011 - Nundah Village Art Exhibition, 1st Prize Sculpture
2010 - Livelife Villages Art Exhibition, 1st Prize Sculpture
2005 - Society of Queensland Sculptor Prize
2003 - Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition Prize
2002 - Society of Queensland Sculptor Prize
2002 - Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition Prize
2000 - Society of Queensland Sculptor Prize
1999 - Winner of Comerford Stone Sculpting Award
1999 - Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition Prize
1998 - Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition Prize
1997 - Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition Prize
Private collections: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, France, USA, UK, Belgium, HK, Shanghai.
Private collection of McCarthy Homes, work displayed in several of their display homes.