River Current Four - Acrylic on Paper
Born in Cheshire, England, in 1931, Cooke moved to the US as a teenager and studied Art History at Harvard University. He then moved to Ireland in 1954 and had his first solo
exhibition in Dublin
the following year. Since then, Cooke has immersed himself in the
landscapes of Ireland and
has lived in Kilkenny and Sligo.
Much of Cooke's
art is inspired by the quotation from Heraclitus: 'All
existence flows in the stream of creation and passing away.' Today, living on an island swept by
rain clouds and traversed by rivers, the artist has focused this philosophical
meditation on the Irish landscape and on the sport of fishing. Cooke, in fact, is a keen fisherman and
naturalist, with a passion for marine biology.
His style is
richly expressionistic and semi-abstract, drawing from his many experiences
abroad and strongly influenced by his time spent
in such far-flung places as Lapland, New Zealand, Borneo and Malaysia.
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River Current FourAcrylic on paper, framed24" x 30" (61cm x 76cm)