ArtSpace | 23rd April-14th May 2018 | FREE ENTRY
As a youngster Michael Cook spent a great deal of time at his uncles’ commercial art studio in Cornwall. Here he was an eager recipient of training and rigorous criticism.
Initially he intended to follow in his uncles footsteps but after he gained a first class honours degree in architecture and design he pursued a career centered on the conservation of historic buildings.
However, since leaving one of the country’s leading architectural practices he has reverted to his original intention and works as a full time artist.
This year got off to a good start when a work he submitted to the Gibberd Gallery open exhibition received the best in show award.
He exhibits regularly at the Rhodes and his works might be described as about people and places.
Excerpt from an article ‘Dazzling variety of art as Harlow Open 2018 now open to public’ January 2018 :
The prize for ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to local artist Mike Cook for his Indian ink and watercolour piece ‘Its all got to come down’. Mike said: ‘I’ve been an artist all my life, I even manned the art room at Mark Hall when the Queen visited in 1957, although I’ll admit I couldn’t bring myself to lift my head the whole time she was there. I’m so happy to have won today. I’ve entered every year since the Open started, and I’ve been commended the last four years so the win really means a lot.’
You can see Michael’s exhibition, The Following Lines, in the ArtSpace from the 23rd April-14th May. Free entry.