Bay artist (96) hosts solo art exhibit

2018-02-21 06:01

JIM Cooper, a 96-year-old mariner and maritime artist, will be hosting his watercolour exhibition outside Art on Main at the Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre until March 6.

Cooper has made a huge contribution to the art world in the Eastern Cape and was one of the first artists to start Art in the Park, where he showcased his works for many years.

Cooper, who was born in 1921 in England, found his passion for painting naval ships and old sailing ships when he was called up for active duty as a Royal Marine at the age of 18 and fought against the Germans in the Second World War. He was awarded eight medals for personal courage and bravery shown on the notorious Arctic Convoy Route during the war.

Cooper immigrated with his family to South Africa in 1964.

He will be available to meet the public outside Art on Main on Saturday from 11am. The exhibition will continue until March 6 and is open for viewing Monday to Friday from 9am to 5:30pm and on weekends from 9am to 5pm.

For more info contact 041 367 1863.

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