James Cook Biography

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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 landscape paintings of James Cook are in the tradition of American landscape painting going back to the earliest painters of our country. But Cook’s paintings are not repetitions of those earlier works; they are uniquely his own and are part of the world today, stated and presented in the artist’s own dramatic and deeply felt terms. The paintings are also 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.

Robert A. Yassin

Executive Director

Palos Verdes Art Center, 2001

 

Born

1947 Topeka, Kansas

 

Education

  • 1969 BA, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
  • 1970 BA, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
  • 1972 MFA, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2018 Governor's Mansion, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2017 Governor's Mansion, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2017 January, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MT
  • 2016 Painted Image, Roswell Art Center, Roswell, NM
  • 2014 TIAF/Art Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2014 Exhibition in the Workplace, CAI Global, Montreal Exhibition in the Workplace, Low Murchison Radnoff, Ottawa (Ontario).
  • 2014 Painted Image, Birger Sandzen Memorial, Lindsborg, KS
  • 2014 Exposition en milieu de travail / Exhibition in the Workplace, LONGBOW, Montréal.
  • 2014 Exhibition in the Workplace, CAI Global Collections, Montreal, QC
  • 2013 Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
  • 1994 West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, WI
  • 1992 Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, “James Cook: New Paintings”
  • 1991 Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
  • Between 1982 - 2000, James Cook Exhibited in Over 22 Solo Exhibitions

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 2018 Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • 2017 Sand & Steel: Visions of Our Indiana Shore, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN
  • 2015 Bereishit-Heaven and Earth, paintings by Sandra Kaplan and James Cook, Mizel Art and Cultural Center, Denver, CO
  • 2015 Dia de los Muertos, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ
  • 2015 Livin' Large: Works from the 1980's, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • 2013 Birds, Blooms and Bugs, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2013 Exhibition in the Workplace, Low, Murchison, Radnoff CorporateCollection, Ottawa, Ontario
  • 2009 Tucson Museum of Art, Trouble in Paradise, Tucson, AZ
  • 2008 Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
  • 2005 “Homage to the Flint Hills”, traveling show; Shafer Gallery, Barton County Community College, Great Bend, KS; Emporia State University, Emporia, KS; Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS; Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS; Junction City Art Center, Junction City, KS
  • 2004 “Homage to the Flint Hills”, traveling show: Ernie Miller Nature Center, Olathe, KS; Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, KS; Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS   
  • 2001 Tucson Museum of Art, “The Art of Collaboration: Garner Tullis Studio”, Tucson, AZ
  • Between 1980 - 2000, James Cook Exhibited in Over 70 Group Exhibitions

 

Museum Collections:

  • Boise Art Museum, Idaho
  • Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
  • Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
  • Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
  • 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, Colorado
  • Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson

 

Public Collections:

  • Allied Bank of Texas, Houston, Texas
  • T.&T., New York, New York
  • The Bank of New York, New York, New York
  • Canadian Petroleum Collection, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Cargill Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Chemical Bank, New York, New York
  • Continental Illinois National Bank, Chicago, Illinois
  • F. Hutton, New York, New York
  • Emporia State University, Kansas
  • Ernst & Whinney, New York, New York
  • First Bank of Evanston, Illinois
  • M.C. Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
  • IBM, Stuttgart, Germany
  • The Kemper Group, Chicago, Illinois
  • LaSalle National Bank, Chicago, Illinois
  • And Mrs. William Janss, Sun Valley, Idaho
  • 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, Ohio
  • 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
  • The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Sears, Roebuck & Company, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sonoita Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona
  • Stephens, Inc., Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Texaco, White Plains, New York
  • Texaco, London, England
  • Texaco, Kyoto, Japan
  • Tucson-Pima Library, Tucson, Arizona
  • S. Tobacco, Greenwich, Connecticut
  • West Publishing, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • United Airlines, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bank of America, San Francisco, California
  • Ashland Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona
  • Yellowstone National Park Headquarters, Yellowstone, Wyoming
  • Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Co.
  • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Lehman Brothers, New York
  • Quarles & Brady Law Firm, Tucson, Arizona
  • Regions Bank, NYC
  • Thomas Duke Company, Troy, Michigan
  • Transwest/NCH Corporation, Tucson, Arizona

 

Publications and Television:              

  • What we are made of - Arts & Culture. Sun Valley, Idaho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxMqy9uGIBg
  • Art Scape Media Interview at artscapemedia.com
  • Trouble in Paradise:Examing Discord Between Nature and Society,
  • Julie Sasse, Chief Curator, Tucson Museum of Art, 2009
  • Western Art Collector, January 2008
  • An Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Dan Leach Collection, Julie
  • Sasse, Chief Curator, Tucson Museum of Art, 2007
  • The Artists Bluebook, Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, Editor, 2005
  • American Art Collector, December 2005
  • Highlights, Michael K. Komanecky, Editor, Phoenix Art Museum Collection,
  • 2002
  • New American Painting No. 36, 2001
  • Faces of Arizona, Michel F. Sarda, 1999
  • New American Painting No. 12, 1997
  • Plain Pictures, Joni Kensey, 1996
  • The Red Book, Southwest Art, 1993
  • The New Mexican, January 1993, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Tucson Weekly, November 1992, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tucson Citizen, November 1992, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tucson Citizen, March 1991, Tucson, Arizona
  • Images Showing Locomotion’s Effect, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1990
  • Into the Superstitions, January 1989, Channel 12 News, Phoenix, Arizona
  • The Arizona Daily Star, February 1989, KUAT television
  • The Territorial, January 1989, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tucson Citizen, January 1989, Tucson, Arizona
  • Arts Magazine, February 1987
  • American Artist, Watercolor 1988 Issue
  • Dallas Morning News, September 12, 1986, Dallas, Texas
  • American Realism: Twentieth Century Watercolors and Drawings, Harry N. Abrams, Jr., NY 1986
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Chicago Tribune, May 1982, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sunday Sun Times, May 1982 Chicago, Illinois
  • American Artist, February 1982
  • Chicago Sun-Times, May 1981, Chicago, Illinois
  • Ocular Magazine, “New Faces, New Images”, Fall 1981
  • “Arts Beat”, James Cook, KUAT (Ch. 6), 11/10/92, Tucson Museum of Art, Solo Show, Tucson, Arizona
  • “Arts Beat”, Fine Art for Fine Causes, KUAT (Ch. 6), March 1990, Tucson, Arizona
  • “Arts Beat”, KUAT (Ch. 6), 1993, Tucson, Arizona
  • “Arts Beat”, James Cook and George Harkins, Davis Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, KUAT (Ch. 6) 1994
  • Art Talk, Cover Story 1999
  • New American Painting, Vol. 12, 1997
  • New American Painting, Vol. XXIV, 1999
  • American Artists, February 2000
  • Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Pringle_Cook

 

 

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