Works by John Cook

Let's Do This
30" x 20" Oil Painting
Artist Bio
Lewisville, TX - Action and energy permeate the canvases of John Cook. There is a spontaneous nature to his paintings. Light dances, pierces, careens and bounces to find its way throughout the subject. By drawing with brush rather than pencil, Cook achieves the loose and free style that characterizes his work. Never belabored, each painting reflects his passion to catch a mood with the interplay of light and shade.
Southwest Art Magazine referred to Cook’s style as showing “methodical spontaneity.” Cook states, “as for my style of painting, sometimes I feel the urgency to attack a canvas and capture the intensity of my emotions without adequate descriptive detail necessary for the image to be recognizable as representational art. Eventually I return to the canvas and bring the vision to some semblance of clarity.”
As a young adult, John was first exposed to the works of Nicolai Fechin, whose impact and influence continues today. Other influences include John Singer Sargent’s direct, fluid strokes, Henry Fantin Latour’s still life and floral paintings, and Frank Brangwyn and Winslow Homer’s watercolors.
From still life to portraits and landscapes, architecture, and his native-Texas imagery of the West, nothing is too small or too large for John to attempt as is demonstrated in his diverse range of subject matter.
Cook has won many awards and in 2013 was awarded Best of Show at the 14th Annual American Impressionist Society National

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