Tuesday Talk: Christopher Cook
Join artists, thinkers and curators to explore an aspect of their practice in a lunch-hour. Visiting speakers shape the form of their talk, so you can expect anything from in-depth discussion to a live performance.
Christopher Cook works exclusively in liquid graphite, using a technique which results in an apparent fusion of drawing and painting. His recent work draws on ‘Golden Age’ Dutch still-life painting to explore contemporary global capitalism.
Cook (b. 1959 North Yorkshire, UK) received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Camden Art Centre, London; Haugesund Kunstforening, Norway; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany; Stedelijk Museum Breda, Netherlands; Today Art Museum, China; Museum of Art at University of Memphis; and Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan. His works are in prominent public collections, including Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College; British Museum, London; Cleveland Museum of Art; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. In 2017, he received the Valeria Sykes Award. Cook lives and works in Devon, UK.
Though working in grayscale, Cook achieves remarkable luminosity and textural variation in his paintings. In Eurofighter (2017), a table arranged with luscious fruit, fresh flowers and sparkling glassware is disrupted by the intrusion of two fighter jets speeding across the picture plane. Gleaming grapes and a crystal vase serve as counterpoints to the matte metal aircrafts, while other bits of fruit and flowers sit precariously on the table’s edge or drift into the background.
Christopher Cook, Eurofighter, 2017