Portrait Gallery: Aaron Cooper
Aaron Cooper is looking for a good way to describe his artwork.
Some of his sculptures are abstract. Some are more impressionistic. He has heard the word “organic” used by others to describe his pieces.
“I walk a fine line between abstract and realism,” said Cooper, 36.
Cooper builds stone sculptures primarily from Colorado marble and Utah alabaster.
“I’ve done realism, and I like it, but to me, when I get into sculpture, I gravitate toward more abstract and more impressionistic pieces,” he said. “I love to hear opinions from people about what they think it is.”
Cooper has been a professional sculptor since he was in college. Shortly after graduating with a fine arts degree in 2004 from what was then Mesa State College, Cooper moved to the Front Range with his family. He moved back to the Grand Valley in April.
Cooper wasted little time getting involved in the local arts scene and has pieces on display at Palisade’s Blue Pig Gallery and downtown Grand Junction’s Kurtzman/Lintott Gallery.
“There’s something about sculpture,” he said. “You can’t ignore it.”
His website is sculpturebyaaroncooper.com.