Michael Cooper

Meet the Artist
Michael Cooper

The Post Covid-19 situation

Gradually getting back into action and can now service  orders for UNFRAMED prints  from the Print Gallery, which I hold here in stock.
UNFRAMED Giclées from the Giclée Galery which take a week or so as they are usuaally  printed to order

Sorry for the inconvenience.



NEW- Cards back on the menu

Greeting Cards are back!

Years ago many many cards of my designs were published, originally by a  company in Poole and then by ourselves when my son Ben used to sell them to outlets all over the place,Then Salmons  published a few to accompany the callendars they did of my painting and now I have decided to do some again myself.

The first few designs have been set up and others will be added as soon as I can and these will be available through and organisation called Love From The Artist. It is  a non profit concern that assists artists in printing  and distributing their cards. The following link wil take you to their site and you can purchase direct from them and even have personalised messages print in the card if you wish.




Sorry but I have had to make some changes

Framed Pictures

Over the years I have sent hundreds of framed prints all over the place and we used to have very few breakages, unfortunatly the situation has changed.I think it may well be down to the vastly increased number of packages that are now in transit due to the growth of Amazon and other E Business this I believe has resulted in a  greater presure on the carriers and sadly a lowering of their standards.

However well we pack pictures (and we have a very good record of good packing) I have lost confidence in them getting to their destination undamaged.
As we cannot insure glass in transit I have to bear the burden of the cost and the extra work involved and the feeling that I may have let someone down,at my age this is all too much to worry about  so I have decided to restrict our choice of framing  that can be delivered,* to the Distressed Pine without a mount for orders which I can deliver myself within an easy journey from Ashcott. Please contact me before ordering to see if this servic is possible .

Unframed prints - May I suggest that you can always purchase the loose unframed print which comes in a stout cadboard tube, this can then be taken to your local picture framer who will be able to offer you a larger selection of mouldings than we can.But do tell them that my style does look best with some white space around the image.

Glastonbury Tor from Cinnamon Lane

                   Most Recent Giclée Prints

Dipping into the archives to create new range of images

As I am unable to create new images, now that my eyesight is just not up to that fine detailed work any more, customers have been on at me to make more of my archives of old work.

Initially with the exception of a few, that had been open editions before , I will be publishing giclée prints of work that was originally used for greeting cards, some of which were sold framed but they would only have been images 6” x 8” or smaller whereas these new prints will be A4 size and/ or larger.

Any prints in this new selection, that have not been previously published as loose prints, will each be individually signed and numbered with a limit of 150 copies.

The prints that had been previously published such as The Little Grey Fergie (below) which was an open edition (not limited) will be signed but not numbered.

The first two such prints are- details in the Giclée Section

To The Tor . Ltd Ed.(above) Glastonbury Tor seen from Cinnamon Lane
The Little Grey Fergie  (Below)


A number of these new prints have been added to the giclée selection


The Little Grey Fergie print is back


Should you wish to view or purchase any Prints, Giclées or Original Paintings via this web site please proceed via the, Print Gallery, Giclée Prints  or Originals

A selection of my  framed prints may be seen and purchased

                      The Somerset Crafts Gallery 
                  in the Avalon Marshes Centre.  Westhay BA6 9TT

               Open Seven days a week 10am - 5pm Tel 01458 860426                                          



The Geese Are Out by Michael Cooper

Original Watercolours 

There are now very few left as I near total retirement

I  have at last sorted out a  selection of my remaining framed watercolours. 

The paintings have been added to the Originals section.Please bear in mind that I have taken the photographs myself,hence some reflections and some optical  distortions of the frames as taking photos of framed pictures with the glass in seems to me almost as hard as painting them, if not harder.

For any futher information on any originals please contact the artist.


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I have revived my old blog site again with a series of short essays on surviving as a working artist,which were inspired by a plea on Facebook for help from a young artist who was having a bit of a struggle and some doubts.It started as one reply to her on Facebook and is now a series of memories and advice from an old working artist  at  Michael Coopers Wordpress Blogs

The Cider Orchard Collection -the story
Marcus Govier in his cider orchard by Michael Cooper

The Cider Orchard Collection

Read the story behind my pictures recording a way of life of a well know Glastonbury character, Marcus Govier,in his Somerset Cider Orchard at Lower Edgarley at the foot of Glastonbury Tor - From an article in Farmers Weekly

Yarlington Mill Somerset Cider Apple by Michael Cooper


'A Hard Days Work' Marcus rolling  tobacco in his orchard at Glastonbury


'Yarlington Mill' a famous Somerset cider apple

Artist proof copies
Nuffield Tractor by Michael Cooper

Remarqued* Artist Proof Copies

Having at last sorted out my studio and prints storage space I have discovered that I have a few artist proof copies of two prints still tucked away in the shelves. So they are now listed in the Print Gallery.
Marcus' Barn picture of an old Nuffield in the barn at Marcus Govier's place

* Remarqued,with a small drawing by the artist in the corner of the print, also signed and numbered (Roman Numerals on the proof copies)

The Tractor Collection
Massey Ferguson 135 by Michael Cooper

The Giclée Prints of The Ploughing Match (above) together with 'Clearing The Haybob' (left) and 'A Straight Furrow' now make quite a selection for the tractor entusiast to chose from and I have also added a smaller size versions of each of these three giclée ones to the catalogue, offering a choice of price and size. 

'Clearing the Haybob' depicts Austin Appleby at work on Common Moor, Glastonbury .For some years we lived in the house that Austin's father Jack built at the edge of the town.
There are by the way , even more tractor prints in the main print gallery.

A Straight Furrow (right)
A Standard Fordson by Michael Cooper

A Standard Fordson seen at Mendip Ploughing Match


PayPal Welcome
As you may see by the logos on the above left, we can now accept PayPal and the associated credit and debit cards, including American Express, that they can take, even though you may not have a PayPal account of your own.



Retirement -not yet
Michael Cooper Artist

 RETIREMENT ? Well not quite

It is now many years since I retired from the day to day commitment of running the studio gallery that I had done for over twenty seven years, however  I shall continue to sell on the internet, from where I am still sending work to the far corners of the world, thank you folks.

As to painting my eyesight is no longer up to the fine detailed work which I specialized in, so  there will be no new works now.


 Showing on The Somerset Levels 
For many years now I have been a member of the  co-operative of artists and crafts people who make up the SOMERSET CRAFTS CENTRE display at the Avalon Marshes Centre at Westhay.
That is just along the road from the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve and less than ten minutes from our new home.
So why not have a look at the visiting waders and wildlife on the lakes and lagoons on the famous Somerset Levels and then visit the centre for a cup of tea and a cake and browse among all the lovely things in the gallery- kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.


The Cockerel

Limited Edition Giclée Prints

Top quality prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper usually in editions of no more than 250 copies

These and all the Limited Editions are individually signed and numbered by the artist

See the Giclée Print Selection

Little Grey Fergies,Vintage Tractors, Farming  Pictures, Cows, lots of different images to choose from for the Yesterday Farming enthusiast or country lover any of which could make ideal presents for anyone.


Limited Editions
Clydesdales by Michael Cooper

Limited Editions

In the Print Gallery
Editions of 550 copies or more printed by Fine Art Trade Guild member printers


All prints are listed in one or more carefully chosen frames

(Right)  Ltd Edition 'Work Mates' 


Open Editions
Field-Marshall Tractor by Michael Cooper

Open Editions

In the Print Gallery
These more modestly priced prints are Not limited in the edition size but are of the same quality.Each print purchased is also individually signed by the artist
Open Edition 'The Field-Marshall (Retired)'



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                       © Copyright Michael Cooper