Martin Cooper was born in Liverpool in 1958 and studied art at the Laird School of Art in Birkenhead. This was followed by three years at the Sheffield College of Art where he obtained a first class honours degree in Fine Arts in 1980.
Between 1980 and 1989 Martin was a member of the highly successful pop group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. As part of OMD Martin performed and toured with the band extensively throughout Europe and the USA.
The band achieved a number of chart successes both in the UK and internationally, including Architecture & Morality – one of the most successful albums of the 1980’s. The album also spawned ‘Souvenir‘, co-written by Martin, a single which reached No. 3 in the UK charts. It also managed to reach No. 1 in France, Spain and Portugal.
From 1990 Martin was part of The Listening Pool, the band he formed with ex-OMD members Paul Humphreys and Mal Holmes. Forming their own label Telegraph Records, they released the critically acclaimed album Still Life.
Since leaving the group, Martin has devoted most his time and energy to his painting. Many of his works are still life pictures, usually in oils, which are acutely observed and convey a great sense of harmony and tranquillity.
Martin has exhibited extensively, both in the UK and overseas, and his pictures hang in many private collections. In recent years he has exhibited at the Williamson Art Gallery (Birkenhead), the Royal Academy of Arts (London), the David Messum Fine Art Gallery (London), W H Patterson (London), Woodhay Picture Gallery (Newbury), Llewellyn Alexander (London), the Brian Sinfield Gallery (Compton Cassey Galleries), Sarah Samuals Fine Art (Chester), Heritage House (Bermuda) and the Fel Gallery (Singapore).
In 1998 Martin was awarded the sponsors prize in the Discerning Eye exhibition which was held at The Mall Gallery in London.
Martin lives in Greasby, Merseyside with his wife, Alexandra Bibby, a classical pianist, and their two sons.