Part of the New Light Prize Exhibition 2020
Christopher Cook is a British painter known for works in graphite powder and resin which have been exhibited in and collected by several major museums, predominantly in the USA.
Christopher’s works since 1998/9 have been almost exclusively monochromatic, painted and drawn in graphite powder onto coated papers, aluminium sheet, or linen. The surfaces of what he terms ‘graphites’ are extremely thin and involve much reworking but almost no layering. The images have considerable range in terms of subject matter. In some works, especially those arising from an Arts Council residency at Eden Project, there is a strong microscopic component, emphasized by the intricacy of the graphite surfaces, and sometimes linked to Baroque architecture.
Christopher is also a writer, and has published a number of artist books and collections of poems, and has also contributed catalogue essays, exhibition and book reviews.