Featured Artist: Brent Cooke

The artist captures each subject in fluid motion with natural arcs and forms.

"Alternative Angle"

 

The Brent Cooke CastArt Studio specializes in producing highly detailed wildlife bronze sculptures. Beautiful birds of all sizes and colors take flight in exquisite bronze, and smooth, stealthy marine life floats delicately in the air. The artist captures each subject in fluid motion with natural arcs and forms that bring each sculpture to life.

Brent Cooke combines varied textures, shapes, details, and colors to recreate each creature and express its instinctual nature. Remarkable artistry combines with expressive creativity to make each piece a compelling representation of its inspired animal. Each scene is carefully chosen, and all sculptures are limited-edition designs handcrafted at Valley Bronze of Oregon. Only the purest, highest-quality metals go into each piece, ensuring your artistic additions maintain their shape, beauty, and brilliance throughout time.

Brent carved wood and stone for many years before being inspired in 1997 to try his hand at creating bronze sculptures. While creating sculptures of birds and marine subjects in bronze, he endeavors to impart a sense of movement in each work to engage and intrigue the viewer. He ensures that every piece is anatomically accurate. His works have been juried into many prestigious art shows in the U.S., such as Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado, and the La Quinta Art Festival in California. He is represented in art galleries located in British Columbia, Alberta, Oregon, California, and Oklahoma.

View more of his unique sculptures at castartstudio.com.

 

“Underwater Waltz”
I wanted to capture a scene I witnessed of two French angelfish circling in mid-water. I designed an abstract base to allow the fish to “float” without being attached to the bottom. The fish are bronze, and the support is cast stainless steel. The piece is mounted on a base of black granite. It is 23 inches tall and 19 inches in diameter. It is a limited edition of 30.

 

“The Last Stand”
The sockeye salmon is an iconic species in British Columbia. I have designed the sculpture to depict the two fish struggling against the current as they proceed to the spawning grounds. The piece is all bronze and is 41 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 12 inches tall. It is a limited edition of 30.

 

Alternative angle of “The Last Stand”

 

“Touchdown”
This sculpture depicts a life-sized bufflehead duck at the precise moment that the tail feathers touch the water and the feet are just about to make contact. The bufflehead is one of the smallest ducks in Canada. The piece is 22 inches long by 16 inches wide by 11 inches tall. It is mounted on a one-inch-thick black-granite base.

 

Back angle of “Touchdown”

 

“Silent & Serene”
This sculpture depicts a great blue heron standing on a mostly submerged tree root in a small pond loaded with cattails, patiently hunting fish or frogs. The bird is life-size and could be installed either indoors or outside in a pond. The base is 1.25-inch-thick black granite. The sculpture is 31 inches tall, 20 inches wide, and 25 inches deep. The edition is limited to 30.

 

“Wing Speed”
This sculpture depicts the sweeping movement of a peregrine falcon in pursuit of a barn swallow. The piece blends a high level of detail in the heads of both birds, yet gives the impression that they are emerging out of the metal background. It is 33 inches long, 14 inches tall, and 14 inches wide. It weighs approximately 70 pounds and is mounted on a 1.25-inch-thick black-granite base. Limited edition of 15.

 

Barn swallow detail from “Wing Speed”

“Reed Raider”
Reed Raider captures the moment when an American kestral (the smallest falcon in North America) spots a dragonfly at rest on a cattail. The little falcon is turning and dropping past the cattails to capture the dragonfly. Each animal is life-size. The sculpture is 30 inches tall, 16 inches wide, and 22 inches deep, and the base is one-inch-thick black granite. The limited edition is 30.

 

“Garden Warriors”
This sculpture captures that moment of territorial interaction between two Anna’s hummingbirds. The feisty, beautiful, little birds seem so delicate, and yet the second they see each other, the chase is on! Here a honeysuckle flower wrapped around a dead tree branch is the prize under contention. The sculpture is 15 inches tall, 15 inches wide, and 8 inches deep. It is mounted on a black-granite base and is a limited edition of 30.

 

“Wind Riders 1”
While walking in the woods one very windy fall day, I watched the wind blowing leaves around on the trail. I have captured that action in this sculpture made of bronze, stainless steel, and black granite. The sculpture is 45 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 14 inches tall. It is a limited edition of 30.

 

Overhead angle of “Wind Riders 1”

“Split Decision”
The peregrine falcon is the world’s fastest bird, reaching speeds of 270 miles per hour! Here, the falcon is in hot pursuit of a pair of American goldfinches. In keeping with the theme of the birds flowing out of the metal, the heads are fully detailed, while the bodies and tails are more impressionistic. The movement of the dive and the route of escape are best appreciated as the piece rotates on a turntable. The sculpture is 36 inches tall, 15 inches wide, and 25 inches deep. The piece weighs approximately 75 pounds. The edition is limited to 10.

 

“As the Crow Fries”
This bronze sculpture depicts a scene that takes place everyday all over North America: three crows interacting over a park visitor’s leftover lunch. The sculpture is 42 inches high, 36 inches deep, and 30 inches wide. It is well suited to be mounted outdoors.

 

Detail of “As the Crow Fries”