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About the Exhibition For ArtWalk Ventura:
Brian Cook is a Hudson Valley painter and naturalist who now lives in Ventura. After a long love affair with the woodlands and season of Upstate New York, he's now moved to California to explore the materials, mediums, and natural environment his new home offers. This exhibition is his first West Coast show with a focus on the animals, colors, shapes, and textures of California.
Brian Cook has a body of work spanning 20 years. Formerly trained as a designer, Brian has created illustrations and design work for several prominent brands (Frito-Lay, Pepsi, Nickelodeon, ABC-TV, Disney), yet it is his passion for fine art that is the driving force behind his unique painting talent.
In addition to his illustration and design work, Brian Cook has been painting landscapes, found objects, and murals for prominent display in Dallas, Chicago, New York and Boston. As a result of his work as an illustrator, Brian produced a remarkable series of 20 acrylic on canvas, still-life paintings of found objects. All 20 paintings were displayed and sold through the Art Bar Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Using his designer’s love of texture and color, Brian’s original murals were noted as simple, yet bold and commissioned by noteworthy business locations as well as several prominent community figures: Dallas Cowboy team owner Jerry Jones, and retired CEO of Johnson & Johnson James Burke, to name a few.
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Yet, it is Brian Cook’s work developed over the last four years living in California which has generated the most excitement. Taking the shapes and patterns that occur in nature and blending them, as only a designer’s eye can do, Brian has constructed a series of simple landscapes that convey a powerful image. Focusing on the intensity of the single image and the striking simplicity of nature, Brian uses space and shape to define common natural elements while utilizing texture and pattern to invoke emotion. It is through this series of acrylic landscapes that Brian Cook is able to reveal the complexity of the natural world through clean shapes and subdued colors, and as a result tell a compelling and quiet story. Although most of the pieces for this show are in progress, sketches and advance peeks can be provided if required.