Loading Spinner

Randy Cooper Sold at Auction Prices

b. 1943 -

Randy Cooper is a renowned contemporary artist famous for his unique shadow sculptures. Through his innovative use of wire mesh, Cooper captures the movement of the human form, casting shadows that interact with the space around them.

About Randy Cooper



  • Name: Randy Cooper

  • Alias: Randy Cooper

  • Profession: Sculptor, b. 1943 –

  • Nationality: American


Biography


Randy Cooper discovered his passion for art at nearly 50 years old, after spending time in diverse careers including forestry and as a special education teacher. His journey into art began with courses under sculptors Wren Prather-Stroud and Tuck Langland.

Although Cooper experimented with clay, artificial stone and bronze, it was his discovery of wire mesh as a medium that defined his artistic path. Cooper adopted the technique of creating shadow sculptures - wire mesh forms that project detailed shadows - through a method he developed independently.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles commissioned Cooper to create wire mesh sculptures for three extinct sea mammals from around 15 million years ago: a sea cow, a baby sperm whale, and a relative of today’s sea lion. These sculptures, designed to visually represent what the mammals might have looked like, are still suspended in the museum's exhibit, blending art with education.

Today, Randy Cooper lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife. Their home doubles as his studio.

Related Styles



Highlights and Achievements



  • Cooper created wire mesh "skins" for the Age of Mammals exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

  • Cooper exhibited shadow sculptures across the U.S. and internationally.

  • The sculptor has received critical acclaim and multiple commissions for public art installations and private collections.


Read Full Artist Biography

0 Lots

Sort By:

Categories

    Auction Date

    Seller

    Seller Location

    Price Range

    to
    • Randy Cooper (American) Wire Shadow Sculpture, 2000, "Andrea", H 34" W 23" Depth 9"
      Oct. 20, 2023

      Randy Cooper (American) Wire Shadow Sculpture, 2000, "Andrea", H 34" W 23" Depth 9"

      Est: $800 - $900

      Depicting a nude torso with closed legs and open arms. Signed and dated to the lower side edges with paper label. Provenance: Purchased from Louis Aronow Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Appraised for $1,800.00

      DuMouchelles
    • Randy Cooper (1942)
      May. 01, 2023

      Randy Cooper (1942)

      Est: CHF600 - CHF800

      Randy Cooper (1942) I love you (2000), sculpture en grillage bleu, H 71 cm

      Geneve Encheres
    • Randy COOPER (Né en 1942) Sans titre
      Apr. 29, 2023

      Randy COOPER (Né en 1942) Sans titre

      Est: €1,000 - €1,200

      Randy COOPER (Né en 1942) Sans titre Sculpture en maille de fer sur piédestal, Signé. Pièce unique. Hauteur : 170 cm

      Louiza Auktion & Associés
    • 2 Randy Cooper Figural Wire Mesh Sculptures, 82"H
      Mar. 04, 2023

      2 Randy Cooper Figural Wire Mesh Sculptures, 82"H

      Est: $750 - $1,000

      Lot consists of separate male and female torso sculptures, each on a tall base.

      Palm Beach Modern Auctions
    • Randy Cooper shadow sculpture "I Love You" w…
      Dec. 11, 2022

      Randy Cooper shadow sculpture "I Love You" w…

      Est: $500 - $700

      Randy Cooper shadow sculpture "I Love You" with certificate from Eden Gallery, 186 x 60 cm, provenance Eden Fine Art

      Amanda Addams Auctions
    • 2 Randy Cooper Figural Wire Mesh Sculptures, 82"H
      Dec. 03, 2022

      2 Randy Cooper Figural Wire Mesh Sculptures, 82"H

      Est: $1,500 - $2,000

      Lot consists of separate male and female torso sculptures, each on a tall base.

      Palm Beach Modern Auctions
    • Randy Cooper, (b. 1942), "Kennie," 1997, Metal mesh sculpture on lacquered wood base, 30" H x 22" W x 12" D
      Nov. 30, 2022

      Randy Cooper, (b. 1942), "Kennie," 1997, Metal mesh sculpture on lacquered wood base, 30" H x 22" W x 12" D

      Est: $500 - $700

      Randy Cooper (b. 1942) "Kennie," 1997 Metal mesh sculpture on lacquered wood base Signed, titled, and dated in wire to the form: Randy Cooper 30" H x 22" W x 12" D

      John Moran Auctioneers
    • Randy Cooper (American, born 1942), Kent, 1998,
      May. 26, 2022

      Randy Cooper (American, born 1942), Kent, 1998,

      Est: £200 - £300

      Randy Cooper (American, born 1942), Kent, 1998, a wirework sculpture of a nude male torso, mounted on a bevelled wooden base, signed, wirework woven signature, title and date to the thighs 96 x 50.5cm Provenance: Collection of Thomas Guy Voyce, Covent Garden, London

      Cheffins
    • Randy Cooper Wire Mesh Mounted Signed Torso
      Apr. 13, 2022

      Randy Cooper Wire Mesh Mounted Signed Torso

      Est: $300 - $400

      Randy Cooper, American (Born 1942) . Wire mesh torso mounted on black stand with beveled base, signed on right thigh 'Kent 96' and left thigh 'Randy Cooper'. Measures 72.5"H x 18.25"W; base 9.5" x 9.5"; mesh 33.5"H x 18.25"W. Condition report: good condition, please see photos. Contact AAG for more detailed information if needed. AAG is not responsible for any errors or omissions to any lots. All sales are final and sold as is. This lot cannot be shipped in house. For an instant guaranteed third party shipping quote through Quality Packing and Shipping visit: https://www.qualitypackship.com/abington-copy-1 or contact our other third party shippers.

      Abington Auction Gallery
    • Randy COOPER: Nude - Wire Mesh Sculpture
      Feb. 26, 2022

      Randy COOPER: Nude - Wire Mesh Sculpture

      Est: $100 - $200

      "Shadow" sculpture of a nude female torso and legs, made of hand-formed wire mesh, by Randy Cooper (American, b. 1942), on a natural stone base. [Overall: 25 1/2" H x 6 1/2" W x 9" D]. In good condition.

      Roland Auctions NY
    • Randy Cooper Post-Modern 'Andrea' Mesh Sculpture
      Dec. 05, 2021

      Randy Cooper Post-Modern 'Andrea' Mesh Sculpture

      Est: $600 - $800

      Randy Cooper Post-Modern wire mesh female nude sculpture, titled 'Andrea' and signed in wire on the proper left thigh, mounted on wood base. 39" H x 18" W x 10" D.

      Auctions at Showplace
    • Randy COOPER: Nude - Wire Mesh Sculpture
      Dec. 04, 2021

      Randy COOPER: Nude - Wire Mesh Sculpture

      Est: $200 - $400

      "Shadow" sculpture of a nude female torso and legs, made of hand-formed wire mesh, by Randy Cooper (American, b. 1942), on a natural stone base. [Overall: 25 1/2" H x 6 1/2" W x 9" D]. In good condition.

      Roland Auctions NY
    • Randy COOPER: "Kim" - Wire Mesh Sculpture
      Dec. 04, 2021

      Randy COOPER: "Kim" - Wire Mesh Sculpture

      Est: $400 - $600

      "Shadow" sculpture of a nude female torso, made of hand-formed wire mesh, by Randy Cooper (American, b. 1942). Provenance: Stricoff Fine Art, NYC. [Overall: 42" H x 18" W x 7" D]. In good condition.

      Roland Auctions NY
    • RANDY COOPER (BORN IN 1942)
      May. 30, 2021

      RANDY COOPER (BORN IN 1942)

      Est: €600 - €800

      RANDY COOPER (BORN 1942). Shadow Sculpture Andrea In hand form wire. Signed H: 86 x W: 56 cm and H: 186 cm with base. Provenance: Louis Aronow Gallery, San Francisco. RANDY COOPER (NÉ EN 1942). Shadow Sculpture Andrea En hand form wire. Signée H: 86 x L: 56 cm et H: 186 cm avec socle. Provenance: Louis Aronow Gallery, San Francisco.

      Antenor Auction
    • RANDY COOPER, MALE & FEMALE NUDE METAL SCULPTURES
      May. 22, 2021

      RANDY COOPER, MALE & FEMALE NUDE METAL SCULPTURES

      Est: $800 - $1,200

      Randy Cooper (American, born 1942). "Clint" and "Diana", a pair of metal mesh modern figural sculptures. Each titled and signed; on metal stands. Approx. h. 75.5" and 74"

      Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
    • Randy Cooper Shadow Sculpture "Susan"
      Sep. 05, 2020

      Randy Cooper Shadow Sculpture "Susan"

      Est: $200 - $400

      Randy Cooper Sculpture 31 Inches High x14 Inches Wide x 4 Inches Deep

      Joshua Kodner
    • RANDY COOPER (American. Born 1942) 76x18
      May. 30, 2020

      RANDY COOPER (American. Born 1942) 76x18

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      RANDY COOPER (American. Born 1942) Mesh Shadow Sculpture "Torso" Red. Total Measures 76 inches high x 18 inches wide.

      Joshua Kodner
    • Randy Cooper Mesh Male Nude
      Mar. 11, 2020

      Randy Cooper Mesh Male Nude

      Est: $1,600 - $4,000

      An original 1996 wire mesh figurative sculpture by American contemporary artist Randy Cooper. Approx. 72" tall includeing stand

      California Auction Company LLC
    • Randy Cooper Mesh Male Nude
      Mar. 11, 2020

      Randy Cooper Mesh Male Nude

      Est: $1,600 - $4,000

      An original 1997 wire mesh figurative sculpture by American contemporary artist Randy Cooper. Approx. 42" tall includeing stand

      California Auction Company LLC
    • Attributed to Randy Cooper (1942-), "Torso from the Rear," 20th/21st c., wire mesh sculpture, unsigned, mounted to a pink marble sla...
      Nov. 16, 2019

      Attributed to Randy Cooper (1942-), "Torso from the Rear," 20th/21st c., wire mesh sculpture, unsigned, mounted to a pink marble sla...

      Est: $400 - $600

      Attributed to Randy Cooper (1942-), "Torso from the Rear," 20th/21st c., wire mesh sculpture, unsigned, mounted to a pink marble slab base, H.- 31 in., W.- 19 in., D.- 5 in., H. with base- 34 in.

      Crescent City Auction Gallery
    • Randy Cooper I Love You, 2000
      Oct. 26, 2019

      Randy Cooper I Love You, 2000

      Est: $500 - $1,000

      Randy Cooper (American, b. 1942) 'I Love You', 2000 Wire mesh; Signed Randy Cooper, lower right; Titled in Javanese and dated Kulo tresno 2000, lower left

      Larsen Art Auction
    • RANDY COOPER (American. Born 1942)
      Sep. 10, 2016

      RANDY COOPER (American. Born 1942)

      Est: $600 - $800

      "Untitled". Signed on torso. Mesh Shadow Sculpture. Height 71". (Cond: good)

      Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
    • Randy Cooper. Andrea, black wire sculpture
      Aug. 27, 2016

      Randy Cooper. Andrea, black wire sculpture

      Est: $1,000 - $2,000

      (American Contemporary). Modeled as nude female torso, signed in wire "Randy Cooper," 34 in. L., with laminated wood pedestal, 41. in. H.

      Alex Cooper
    • Randy Cooper (1942-) Mesh Shadow Sculpture
      Jul. 23, 2015

      Randy Cooper (1942-) Mesh Shadow Sculpture

      Est: $50 - $10,000

      Artist: Randy Cooper (1942-) ; Medium: Iron wire mesh; Media: Wood; Year or Era Produced: 1997; Signature: Bottom of right leg; Sight Area Approximate Measurement: 29.75" x 15.25" x 7.5"; Weight: 3 lbs; Note: Wire mesh is mounted on a wood base, black paint is chipped on one corner.

      J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
    • Catherine
      Jan. 03, 2015

      Catherine

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Steel mesh sculpture

      Bfa Auctions
    • Valerie
      Jan. 03, 2015

      Valerie

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Steel mesh sculpture

      Bfa Auctions
    • Catherine
      Dec. 12, 2014

      Catherine

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Steel mesh sculpture

      Bfa Auctions
    • Valerie
      Dec. 12, 2014

      Valerie

      Est: $1,500 - $2,500

      Steel mesh sculpture

      Bfa Auctions
    • RANDY COOPER(American b. 1942- ) Love- 2000
      Sep. 17, 2014

      RANDY COOPER(American b. 1942- ) Love- 2000

      Est: $250 - $500

      RANDY COOPER(American b. 1942- ) Love- 2000 Coated wire mesh shadow sculpture Signed lower right and dated lower left Height 26.5 inches. Displayed on the original artist designed free-standing base, overall height 64.5 inches

      Jackson's International
    • Randy Cooper - Valerie
      Dec. 01, 2012

      Randy Cooper - Valerie

      Est: $900 - $1,500

      Shadow Sculptures, like Valerie, are created by artist Randee Cooper. He sculpts each figure by hand, without the use of molds, from powder coated steel mesh. Each sculpture is an original work of art.

      Bfa Auctions
    Lots Per Page: