Doug Cocker was brought up in rural Perthshire and comes from a long line of farmers and blacksmiths. He taught sculpture at Nene College, Northampton and Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and over a period of twenty years he was visiting lecturer at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh College of Art, The Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Tyler University, Philadelphia, Georgian College, Ontario and Newcastle Polytechnic from 1992–1998. He was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1984.
Cocker has undertaken many public sculpture commissions including the Ben Lomond Memorial at Rowardennan and the Glasgow Bouquet in the Merchant City, Glasgow. Doug Cocker’s sculpture is the artist’s response to the landscape and natural environment around him. Working predominately in wood, his studio in Lundie, outside Dundee, is a magnificent thinking space where the walls are littered with evolving ideas. The works in First are preoccupied with weather and as such, read as sonnets.
Public collections include:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Peterborough Art Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh, Northampton Art Gallery, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, The Ballinglen Archive, County Mayo, Robert Gordon University Collection, Aberdeen, University of Dundee, Boswell Collection, University of St. Andrews, Arts Council of Great Britain