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Forged by the Sea

29 June 2023 - 22 July 2023

The Sea II

oil on canvas
H:100.5cm W:120.5cm
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The Sea VIII

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea IX

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XI

oil on canvas
H:60cm W:80cm
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The Sea XIII

oil on canvas
H:120.5cm W:130.5cm
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The Sea XV

oil on board
H:51cm W:61cm
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The Sea XVIII

oil on board
H:23cm D:30.5cm
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The Sea XIX

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XX

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XXI

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XXII

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XXIX

oil on canvas
H:65.5cm W:105.5cm
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The Sea XXXI

oil on canvas
H:120.5cm W:180.5cm
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The Sea XXXIII

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XXXIX

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XLI

oil on canvas
H:30cm W:40cm
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The Sea XLII

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XLIII

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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The Sea XLIV

oil on canvas
H:40.5cm W:50cm
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The Sea XLVII

oil on canvas
H:71cm W:100.5cm
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The Sea XLIX

oil on board
H:23cm W:30.5cm
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Born: 1957
Place of Birth: Dunfermline

Cook was born in 1957 in Dunfermline and attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee from 1979-84. He was recognised early as an exceptional talent, winning the first prize at the annual student show at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1983. He then won a travel award which took him to Paris, Amsterdam, Belgium and Cyprus. He won the Guthrie Award at the RSA in 1985 and was given Scottish Arts Council Awards in 1985, 1988 and 1989. He has exhibited irregularly but notably at The Traverse Theatre in 1982 and with the 369 Gallery throughout the following decade.

In the 1990s he was already visiting Seagreens (his current home) and staying at a cottage at Benholm, two miles to the North also frequented by Alberto Morocco and Ian Eadie. Cook travelled regularly in these years to Turkey, the Balearics and significantly, at the invitation of the Everard Reed Gallery, to Southern Africa for three months in 1997. He was able to secure the tenancy at Seagreens shortly after his return and eventually bought it in 2004. This sense of belonging is now deeply embedded; he can see the seasons change and paint the whole calendar; the daffodils of Spring, wild flowers of Summer, the Autumn skies and bleak drama of Winter are all on show: immediate, raw and compelling.

 


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