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Author: Kevin Cook

A Search For Harmony

I am currently showing new paintings at Windham Fine Arts in the Catskills. In a press release, the gallery writes, “(Cook’s) artwork is quiet and still. Each piece conveys an inner peace and the spirit of its surroundings. Kevin’s contemplative treatment of light, water and atmosphere turn our attention to nature and its process, promising everlasting life.” The piece shown above, “Expansion”, is one of many new works on display. 

Seasons Of Greene

I am proud to participate in an exhibit titled, “Seasons of Greene” this September at the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, NY. Each painting in the show features a view of a protected landscape maintained by the Greene County Land Trust. A portion of each sale benefits the Land Trust in its efforts to conserve open spaces for the enjoyment of all.

I am exhibiting six pieces overall, including the painting shown above, “Golden Finale”.


I am proud to have several new pieces on display at the Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY. A summer exhibition focused on the luminist style of painting features the piece seen above. Entitled, “A Curtain Of Rain”, it features a view from artist Frederic Church’s home, Olana. Looking down the Hudson River as the nearby Catskill Mountains loom large, the air is frequently full of light, mists, and vapor. I visited the site for the first time in a number of years this summer and was inspired yet again by the magnificence of the view from the terrace outside his studio.

Earth And Air

This piece is an exploration of the real and the ethereal, and how we move between the two states. The site is known as Inspiration Point, in the Catskill Mountains, and was frequented by Hudson River School artists more than one hundred and fifty years ago.

Pandemic And Loss

Like so many in the past year, I have been touched by the pandemic and the increasing ill effects of climate change. How am I, as an artist, to respond to such sustained devastation, to our planet’s apparent rage? The piece below, “Pandemic”, begins to approach the vulnerability I feel before nature’s wrath. A firenado, seen ever more frequently in the American west, truly encapsulates and symbolizes the path of destruction left by the pandemic, heatwaves and wildfires as they wreak havoc in our modern world.  

The piece above, “Apogee”, relates to the farthest point in an orbit, speaking to the isolation of lockdown.

Back To The Land

This summer, I have been thinking a lot about our connection to the land, and how increasingly tenuous that relationship is. As I frequently look to the past for inspiration, I found myself painting stone barns photographed during a walking holiday in Yorkshire. They appear to have sprung up from the soil, perfectly integrated with the surrounding landscape, and are still an important part of daily life.

The painting above is “Farm Track”, and the barn features a massive doorway, while walled pastures hem it in from all sides. The other piece, “Cultivated Valley”, features a long view through many meadows.

Le Mont St-Michel

In the last weeks before the novel coronavirus changed our world, I had the opportunity to visit France for the first time. Mont St Michel has fascinated me since childhood. It appears out of the mists like a real-life sand castle, and has been a destination for religious pilgrimage for nearly eleven hundred years.

Upon my return, I was commissioned to do this painting, entitled, “The Pilgrim’s Sanctuary”. The result is hopefully a romantic’s homage to the past, the enduring present, and hope for the future.

Step Back In Time

As one who is constantly inspired by the romance of things gone by, I am delighted to have been invited to participate as one of just four artists in a new exhibit at Windham Fine Arts titled “A Step Back In Time”.  The work showcases the rich topography of the Hudson Valley and Catskills made so famous by painters traversing this same area nearly two hundred years ago.  I have more than a dozen works in the show, including the newly completed “Enduring Glory”, seen above, and “Shimmer Of Gold”, below.

The show runs through December 31, 2019, and an opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, November 16, from 5-7:30 PM.  The gallery is located at 5380 Main Street, Windham, NY.

Summer Days

A warm breeze fills the air and birds sing in the garden.  Thoughts drift toward favorite vacation spots, and memories come forth of summer activities past.  As a romantic, I tend to paint such memories.  This piece, “Sunrise Reflection”, recollects a hike in search of the Moodna Creek, and where it joins the Hudson.  This was a view favored by 19th century artist Jasper Cropsey.

You can see this painting, along with other new work at Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY.  I am pleased to be exhibiting as part of a group show running through September 7, 2019.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 13 from 5-7 PM.


Light Of The Infinite

I have always felt that the sky creates a mood in a landscape painting.  The way light falls through the atmosphere, cloud formations, mist or rain, all perform a role in influencing our feelings.  The painting above, a view from artist Frederic Church’s Olana, is meant to convey lofty feelings about my Hudson Valley home.  It is called, “Light Of The Infinite”, and is currently on view at Cocoon Gallery at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center.

There is an opening reception on Friday, June 7, from 5-8 PM, and the show runs through June 30.  The gallery is located at 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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