Barrie Cook

Barrie Cook

Barrie Cook is an abstract artist living and working on The Lizard in Cornwall. As well as exhibiting in Truro regularly,his works are held in national collections including Tate, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Arts Council & the Government Art Collection. He taught at Coventry College of Art, Cardiff College of Art, Birmingham Polytechnic and the University of Wales. Biography Born in Birmingham, in 1929, Barrie served in the Army during World War II. He married Mary, in Birmingham in 1951 whilst a student at Birmingham College of Art (1949-1954). Barrie began teaching immediately after leaving College. HIs final teaching post was at the University of Wales in Cardiff, he moved to Cornwall in 1992. Cook's influences include Rothko, Heron, Frost and Riley. He pioneered the use of air brushing as a painterly medium and considers his paintings 'opportunity for meditation'.Many paintings begin from photographs that capture play of light or movement. For example, work created whilst living in Cardiff was meant to represent the passing of car headlights through the well-lit area he lived in. Many paintings are abstract patterns that could be considered 'Op Art' because of the hypnotising and disorienting effect they have on your eyesight. Barrie often produces a series of works, one such was 'Continuum' 1967-1971 four paintings of which hung at the Serpentine Gallery forming an exhibition in 1988. Cook continues to work in his studio, a converted Chapel in Ruan Minor, Cornwall, everyday. He will often re-visit older pieces experimenting with variations. Artworks in notable collections: Government Art Collection Hot Rod, 1977 and No. 2 Untitled 1976 Tate Gallery Painting, 1970[ Birmingham Gallery of Art Dean, 1977, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) Wales is on until November 2015