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James Cook

The Cocktail
The Cocktail
Oil on Canvas
70x60
West Side Barback
West Side Barback
Oil on Canvas
70x60
Midtown After Hours #3
Midtown After Hours #3
Oil on Canvas
70x60
Midtown After Hours #2
Midtown After Hours #2
Oil on Canvas
60x50
Sold
Barback
Barback
Oil on Canvas
70x60
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After Hours
After Hours
Oil on Canvas
60x70
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Artesia Night Study
Artesia Night Study
Oil on Canvas
45x60
Hudson
Hudson
Oil on Canvas
70x60
Hudson Showers
Hudson Showers
Oil on Canvas
70x60
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Prouts Neck Thunder
Prouts Neck Thunder
Oil on Canvas
70x108
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West Side Showers 3
West Side Showers 3
Oil on Canvas
70x60
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Office Midnight
Office Midnight
Oil on Canvas
60x50
Lake Charles
Lake Charles
Oil on Canvas
60x70
Sold
Broadway Night Rain
Broadway Night Rain
Oil on Canvas
50x40
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Broadway #2
Broadway #2
Oil on Canvas
60x50
Midtown 2
Midtown #2
Oil on Canvas
60x70
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Midtown #1, triptych
Midtown #1, triptych
Oil on Canvas
48x108
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West Side Showers Study
West Side Showers Study
Oil on Canvas
60x40
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53rd St Vertical
53rd St Vertical
Oil on Canvas
75x24
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53rd St #3
53rd St #3
Oil on Canvas
40x60
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53rd St Reflections
53rd St Reflections
Oil on Canvas
68x42
White Mountain #2
White Mountain #2
108x50
Sold
West Side Showers
West Side Showers
Oil on Canvas
70x60
Sold
La Canada Series
La Canada Series
Oil on Canvas
60x40
Sold
La Canada
La Canada
Oil on Canvas
La Canada 2
La Canada 2
Oil on Canvas
70x60
Trinity Bay
Trinity Bay
70x60
Sold
Chocolate Bayou #3
Chocolate Bayou #3
70x60
Sold
Chocolate Bayou #2
Chocolate Bayou #2
Oil on Canvas
70x60
53rd Street #2
53rd Street #2
75x60
Sold
53rd Street #5
53rd Street #5
50x60
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“My work is more choreographed than planned because there is a sequence of marks that interact to portray the subject. When I pick up a brush or a trowel and lay down a line, the tool plows up paint and changes the mixture of color. I have to choreograph that interaction between one layer of detail and another. It always takes me somewhere I don’t expect.” – James Pringle Cook

BORN: Topeka, Kansas, 1947

About the Artist

James Cook is a painter who is in love with painting, with the feel of paint, with its smell, with its application, with its color, with its movement on the canvas. He paints quickly creating richly colored and exciting surfaces. Indeed, his bravura use of paint is akin to the Abstract Expressionists; unlike them, however, he provides the viewer with a recognizable reality, ordered by his own personal vision and controlled by his technical mastery. In subject matter and the interpretation of that subject, Cook’s is an American vision which owes much to tradition, but it is tradition that is, in the artist’s hands, fully redefined taking on a new, personal, but very important meaning.

The paintings are a consummate demonstration of years of hard work, of looking at and, literally, inhaling the landscape and rendering it in a sure and dramatic way. These are the paintings of an artist totally in control of his medium and totally sure of what he does. In them he achieves that elusive goal for which all artists strive: he realizes his personal artistic vision in dramatic and uncompromising terms when he presents that vision to us and we comprehend its meaning and intent.

Since 1982, James Cook exhibited in over 40 solo exhibitions, and since 1980, he exhibited in over 100 group exhibitions.

Boise Art Museum, Idaho (photo above)

Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

Des Moines Art Center, Iowa

Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona

Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

Rahr-West Museum, Wisconsin

Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe

Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington

University of Minnesota Museum of Art

University of Utah Museum of Art, Salt Lake City

South Dakota Museum of Fine Arts, SD

New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe

Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

Illinois State Museum, Springfield

State University at Albany Museum of Art, New York

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona

The Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

Princeton University Collection, Princeton, New Jersey

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

White Mountain Cascade #4

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

Allied Bank of Texas, Houston

A.T.&T., New York, New York

The Bank of New York, New York, New York

Canadian Petroleum Collection, Calgary, Alberta

Cargill Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chemical Bank, New York, New York

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Continental Illinois National Bank, Chicago

E.F. Hutton, New York, New York

Emporia State University, Kansas

Ernst & Whinney, New York, New York

First Bank of Evanston, Illinois

F.M.C. Corporation, Chicago, Il.

IBM, Stuttgart, Germany

The Kemper Group, Chicago, Il.

LaSalle National Bank, Chicago, Il.

Lehman Brothers, New York

Marsh, McClellan, New York, New York

Mutual of New York, New York, New York

Northern Trust Company, Chicago, Il.

NYNEX, New York, New York

Otis Elevator Company, Connecticut

Owens – Illinois, Toledo, OH

Pacific Enterprises Oil Company of Dallas, Texas

Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison, New York, New York

Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, New Jersey

Quarles & Brady Law Firm, Tucson, Arizona

Regions Bank, NYC

The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, Minnesota

Sears, Roebuck & Company, Chicago, Il.

Sonoita Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona

Stephens, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas

Texaco, White Plains, New York

Texaco, London, England

Texaco, Kyoto, Japan

Thomas Duke Company, Troy, Michigan

Transwest/NCH Corporation, Tucson, Arizona

Tucson-Pima Library, Tucson, Arizona

U.S. Tobacco, Greenwich, Connecticut

West Publishing, St. Paul, Minnesota

United Airlines, Chicago, Il.

Bank of America, San Francisco, California

Ashland Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona

Yellowstone National Park Headquarters, Yellowstone, Wyoming