As a young adult, John was first exposed to the works of Nicholai Fechin, whose impact and influence continues today. Other influences include John Singer Sargent’s direct, fluid strokes, which inspired the spontaneous, but descriptive brush strokes that give John’s works their dramatic surfaces and energetic compositions, Henry Fatin Latour’s still life and floral paintings, which bring strong influences for color, texture, and composition, and Frank Brangwyn and Winslow Homer’s watercolors. Today, John incorporates similar elements into his work and refuses to limit himself in subject matter.
From still life to portraits and landscapes, architecture, and his native-Texas western imagery, nothing is too small or too large for John Cook to attempt as is demonstrated in his diverse range of subject matter. Trips to London, Paris, Bruges, Venice, Rome, Florence, Portofino, St. Marguerite, San Francisco and New York have inspired many of Cook’s paintings and three one-man exhibitions at Dallas’ Victorian Gallery, several showings at Whistle Pik Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas, The Turquoise Tortoise Gallery in Tubac, Arizona, as well as Galerie Amsterdam in Carmel, California. Recently in 2011 Cook’s tenth annual one-man show was held at the Southwest Gallery in Dallas. In November, 2009 John joined the Shaw Gallery in Naples Florida. John’s work has also shown at London’s prestigious W.H. Patterson Gallery, with members of Parliament attending.
“Spontaneous, but quick; descriptive, but fluid brushstrokes characterize Cook’s canvases covering a range of subject matter. His ability to immediately capture light and shadow is reminiscent of John Singer Sargent. Color comes alive with subtle tonal variety and causes the viewer to be transported into his varied scenes.”
- Advisory Board