Artist Bio

a fine line
A Fine Line 21″x30″ Print

Dale Robert Cooper

Dale R. Cooper was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, in 1954 and moved to the west coast in 1966 when his father left the Air force. He would draw a lot as a child but soon grew out of it when school was a priority. It was while working for the City of Burnaby in the sanitation dept. in 1981 that his life would change. After an injury left him sidelined for 4 months he started to draw again out of boredom.

Dale started thinking about his future and with the encouragement of an art teacher enrolled in the Graphics and Visual Design program at Kwantlen College Surrey BC – where he honed his skills as an artist. For the next 30 years Mr. Cooper has worked as a sports illustrator and fine artist with two stints as official artist of the 1988 and 1998 Winter Olympics to name a few.

Dales work is described as blending abstract with the real, creating a balance of exciting backgrounds with a detailed focal point. Dales work does not fit any one genre, but he is comfortable painting landscapes, florals and wildlife as well as abstracts.

Dale, loving wife Kelly, daughter Megan and son Justin make their home in Armstrong, BC Canada

Artist Statement

I love the brush stroke, always have always will! My work is built on the brushstroke. I have always started my paintings with an abstract background and built brushstrokes up over top. My premise in creating art is combining abstract with real causing friction and providing something for everyone.

In developing my abstract art I use 2”, 3” and 4” brushes. I start applying strokes over a sketched and painted background which is done using wet in wet strokes. I then try to capture movement and life — making the brush dance and the paint sing. Everything is captured in the spontaneous movement of the brush as it meets the canvas. Leonardo Da Vinci said, ““Art is never finished, only abandoned”. So I abandon it when things have progressed to the point where it looks good  in a mirror!


Dale Robert Cooper

Born 1954 Portage La Prairie, Manitoba

Education: Diploma of Associate, Graphics and Visual Design Program

Kwantlen College Surrey BC 1986

Fine Art History – Okanagan University College – Kelowna BC 1993



  • 1987 September – Jack Gibson Studios Richmond – Exhibition and Sale
  • 1987 August – Surrey Art Gallery – two paintings juried into exhibition


  • 1988 August 7, – Natures Window Art Gallery Burnaby – Exhibition and Sale
  • 1988 Three Paintings included in Exhibition and Winter Olympics Permanent Collection (Calgary 1988)
  • 1988 November – Natures Window Art Gallery Burnaby – Exhibition and Sale


  • 1989 April – Jack Gibson Studios Richmond – Exhibition and Sale
  • 1989 November – Jack Gibson Studios Richmond – Gallery Artist Exhibition


  • 1990 September 28, – Jenkins Showler Gallery White Rock – Inaugural Exhibition


  • 1991 May – Jack Gibson Studios Richmond – Exhibition and Sale
  • 1991 November – Jenkins Showler Gallery – Two Man Show (Mike Svob)


  • 1992 April – Glenmore Gallery – Exhibition and Sale
  • 1992 September – Glenmore Gallery – Gallery Artist Exhibition
  • 1992 November – The Peters Gallery – Exhibition and Sale


  • 1993 November – Western Lights Artist Group – Included in Annual Show (Calgary)


  • 1994 April – Western Lights Artist Group – Annual Miniatures Show and Sale
  • 1994 November – The Evans Gallery – Solo Exhibition Kelowna BC


  • 1995 April – The Evans Gallery – Miniatures Show Kelowna BC


  • 1996 December – Tokyo, The Canadian Embassy – launch of the Olympic Prints and show of original works.
  • 1996 December – The Yugawara Racquet Club, Tokyo – Show and sale of Originals


  • 1998 February – Official Olympic Artist –Exhibition – Canada House, Nagano Japan


  • 2000 December – Solo Exhibition – Marshal Clark Galleries – Tsawwassen BC


  • 2002 December – Tutt Street Gallery, Gallery Show Kelowna, BC.

Corporate Collections and Commissions – Partial List

  • Federation Cup World Tennis, commemorative poster – 1987
  • 75th Grey Cup Commemorative poster – 1987
  • 1988 Winter Olympics Calgary Alberta – commemorative posters and originals in permanent collection
  • American Express Corporation – Permanent Collection
  • Imperial Tobacco Corporation – Permanent Collection
  • Tennis Canada – 10th Annual commissioned painting
  • Athletics Canada – Ben Johnson Sprinter
  • NHL, NBA, CFL – posters and prints
  • Asahi Archery Company, Tokyo Japan
  • Art in Motion – Publisher
  • Canadian Art Prints – Publisher
  • 1998 Olympic Winter Games Nagano, Japan – Official Artist and Official Artist of the Canadian Olympic Team
  • Touring show – 12 galleries Tokyo, Japan 1998


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