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James Cook

Evening Light on Silver Creek by James Cook
Evening Light on Silver Creek
La Canada Study #2 by James Cook
La Canada Study #2
Oak Creek #12 by James Cook
Oak Creek #12
Oak Creek #2 by James Cook
Oak Creek #2
Sabino Creek Study #20 by James Cook
Sabino Creek Study #20
Tully's Drift by James Cook
Tully's Drift
Tully's Drift #2 by James Cook
Tully's Drift #2

artists BIO

James Cook

"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


James Pringle Cook was born in 1949 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his M.F.A. from Wichita State University in 1972. He now lives in southern Arizona with his wife, and fellow artist, DeAnn.

Cook's paintings are in the best tradition of American landscape painting. He is an artist absorbed with the process of painting. He paints quickly and creates richly colored, highly textured surfaces. While his work is reminiscent of the Abstract Expressionists, it differs from them in that it projects a recognizable reality, dictated by his personal vision and technical skills. His paintings are bold and monumental in scope. Whether he depicts the ripples upon the surface of still pools in mountain streams or the color studies of a stormy sky, his use of color and contrasting textures and techniques invite the viewer into the scene. 

Cook often returns to Kansas to paint, plein air, the Flint Hills and other local landscape, often using a hardware store as his studio. His paintings are a consummate demonstration of years of hard work, of looking at and inhaling the landscape and rendering it in a unique and dramatic way.


Selected museum collections:

Brauer Museum of Art Valpariso University

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, IN

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Des Moines Art Center, IA

Milwaukee Art Museum, WI

Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka, Japan

New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Phoenix Art Museum, AZ


Selected public collections:

AT&T, New York, NY

The Bank of New York, New York, NY

Canadian Petroleum Collection, Calgary, Canada

Cargill Incorporated, Minneapolis, MN

IBM, Stuttgart, Germany

New Mexico Governors office, NM


United Airlines, Chicago, IL

Yellowstone National Park Headquarters, Yellowstone, WY