"Richard studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, completing his Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2004. He was the former head of art at the Buck Nin School of Art, Te Wananga o Aotearoa from 2000 – 2006….Richard has also published two books "Kaitiaki Mentors" and "My Joounrey" which tells of his life experiences from his early years in forestry through to his thriving career as an artist and educator."
- “Richard Shortland Cooper.” Tautai: Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust http://www.tautaipacific.com/richard-shortland-cooper/ 21 Oct. 2010.
- My Journey. [New Zealand]: Richard Cooper, c2001.
- Kaitiaki Mentors. [Papatoetoe, N.Z.]: R. Cooper, c2003.
- Parallel Bodies: Richard Shortland Cooper, Scott McFarlane. Whangarei, N.Z.: Whangarei Art Museum, .
- Catalogue of an exhibition held at Whangarei Art Museum 8 January – 24 February 2002.
- Stoneleigh Marlborough Sculpture in the Gardens: Auckland Botanic Gardens, 4 November 2007 – 31 January 2008. [Auckland, N.Z.]: Auckland Regional Council, c2007.
- Curators Richard Cooper, Leo Jew, and Alexa Johnston.