It is with great pleasure that Southwest Gallery announces once again the Realistic Impression of John Cook. Come meet John and his beautiful masterpieces Saturday the 21 of May, from 1-5 pm.
Special congratualtions is needed for John for winning Best of Show in this Year's Outdoor Painter's Society Plein Air Southwest Exhibition.
About John Cook-
Texas artist John Cook paints with a passion, compelled to capture Impressionist images on canvas or watercolor paper. ''I see beauty in God's creation, and I strive to capture a glimpse of that perfection in paint.'' Cook began his fine art career in 1990 at the age of 49, inspired early by the paintings of Russian- American artist Nicolai Fechin. Later influences include artist John Singer Sargent, Frank Brangwyn and Winslow Homer, as well as the still lifes and florals of Henry Fatin Latour. By drawing with a brush rather than a pencil, Cook achieves the loose and free style that characterizes his work. Never belabored, each painting reflects his passion to catch a mood with interplay of light and shade. Nothing is too large or small to attempt, as reflected in his diverse range of subject matter: from still life to portraits to landscapes, architecture and native Texas-Western imagery. ''A kind of impatient realism,'' is how Cook describes his paintings. Action and energy permeate his canvases and there is a spontaneous nature to his work that retells the artist's need to quickly achieve the essence of light as it dances, pierces, careens, and bounces to find its way throughout the subject.
Born in 1941 in Dallas, Cook grew up near Highland Park and attended school at the University of Arlington and the Art Center School of Los Angeles. In his initial career as an illustrator, Cook's work was in demand by advertising agencies and their high-profile clients, including American Airlines, CBS, Nieman Marcus and Disney Epcot Center. In 1990 he put aside his illustrators pens and inks and pursued his heart's desire: a career as a painter. Married to a school teacher for 31 years and a deeply religious, devoted family man, Cook says, ''painting is not the most important thing in my life, but it's a close second.''
About Southwest Gallery
Having been in business for over 40 years, Southwest Gallery is one of the largest galleries in the United States. Their 16,000 sq. ft. location holds work from some of the world's premier painters and sculptors including one of the largest collections of graphic works in the world by Mexican master Rufino Tamayo. The gallery represents over 100 living artists in styles ranging from traditional to abstract. They also deal heavily in the recognized masters of the 19th and Early 20th Century such as Jules Herve, Edouard Cortes and Antoine Blanchard. Our gallery is one of the largest resources for sculpture in the country, housing a major collection of work by 20th Century master Frederick Hart as well as Gary Price, Martin Eichinger, Larry Young and others. They have hosted six major events for Hart, which included the largest offerings of his sculpture in the nation. Their staff of 12 has a combined experience of hundreds of years dealing in fine art. Each of our monthly exhibitions showcase one of the gallery's talented artists and invitations to these events are mailed to collectors nationally. The gallery has a large interactive web site that caters to clients on a national and international basis. Southwest Gallery has had the pleasure of helping service some of the country's most sophisticated collectors as well as nationally known celebrities. Southwest also has an impressive framing department capable of handling highly specialized items with the utmost of care.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9-6 and Sunday from 1-5.