From bunnies to pewter, French ruins to Texas diners, John Cook’s oil paintings bring the artist’s painterly vision to bear on moments of beauty from daily life.
This weekend Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas, will unveil a solo exhibition for widely recognized painter John Cook. The exhibition runs May 10 through June 10. The artist will be in attendance for an opening reception on May 10, from 1-5 p.m.
John Cook, “A Brisk Morning Walk,” oil on canvas, 72 x 48 in. Southwest Gallery
John Cook, “Snow Bunny,” oil on canvas, 9 x 12 in. Southwest Gallery
In this display of recent paintings, Cook shares his visions from traveling throughout Europe. The subject matter of the paintings ranges extensively and includes everything from barnyard animals to classical still life compositions, yet the artist’s vibrant style carries throughout. Cook works with a loose brush that conveys freshness and immediacy, using an appealing approach that the artist describes as “a kind of impatient realism.” Driven by his perception of beauty in the created world, Cook aims to honor and perpetuate that beauty with his art.
John Cook, “Little Tourist, Paris,” oil on canvas, 30 x 24 in. Southwest Gallery
John Cook, “Red Vines,” oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in. Southwest Gallery
John Cook, “Barnyard Near Beaune,” oil on canvas, 60 x 72 in. Southwest Gallery
John Cook (b. 1941) earned his arts education at the University of Arlington and the Art Center School of Los Angeles. Finding work as an illustrator, Cook gathered a group of prestigious clients that included American Airlines, CBS, and Disney’s Epcot Center. Cook embarked on his career as a painter in 1990 and has received wide recognition. Cook won recent success in the American Impressionist Society’s 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition, when his painting “Sombrero” took Best in Show.
To see more art from John Cook, visit Southwest Gallery’s website.