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Justin Cooke


"The Landscape around the area in which I live is littered with marks and patterns. Some may be prehistoric; henges and enclosures, others medieval; in the form of field patterns and strip lynchetts. The patterns made by modern agriculture be it through ploughing or the mowing of hay seem to echo some of these older designs as they too follow the form of the landscape and it's geology. A whole history is recorded in these fields and hills, much of it now forgotten but occasionally revealed again to us, when the light is low and the grasses parched.

It is interesting to me that my paintings develop in the same way. Underlying marks are often covered, then scratched back through and revealed again. In this way my paintings reflect the same process. Marks and pathways on my paintings are also built up over time. Some of the older ones still show, others are lost but they all play a part in developing the finished effect. In this way I hope that my paintings also hold a memory of this landscape. For me it is also a personal one, as it is the landscape of my childhood.

Overall though it is a universal memory I can see. It is about our place in the landscape and noticing that others too have witnessed it. Their history is reflected in it and so is ours, it is a timeless link. I do like to think that the henge builder, the medieval farmer, generations children and their dogs (of which I was one), are all part of this memory. I can't help but feel sometimes that there is a particular bond that links us all through time, it is a collective memory and now I am part of it myself."

Date of birth: 1966Place of birth: Portsmouth (England)B.A.(hons) Fine Art, Newcastle University 1984 -1988Recent Group Exhibitions
1994 Dorset Art Week, Dorset
Honiton Festival, Devon
Group show, Studio 3 Gallery, London
Group show, Galerie Internacionale de Arte, Portugal
Eight Artists, Studio 3 Gallery, London
Christmas Show, Studio 3 Gallery, Dorset
1995 East and West, Studio 3 Gallery, London
Abstrart, Studio 3 Gallery, London
East and West touring show, Heatherslow Gallery,
Group show, Galleriet, Norberg, Sweden
1996 Talents, Studio 3 Gallery, London
1997 Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London
Six Contemporaries, Touring Exhibition
1998 Dorset Art Week
Richmond Gallery, London
Holland Gallery, London
1999 Portland Portrayed, The Gallery Dorchester
2000 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
Dorset Art Week
2002 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
Dorset Art Week
2003 Rostra Gallery, Bath
2004 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
Chalk House Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall
Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, London
Dorset Art Week
Withers Gallery, Norfolk
2005 Royal West of England Academy,Bristol. Open Painting
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 153rd Autumn Exhibition
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
2006 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne Dorset
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
Dorset Art Week
Innocent Fine Art, Bristol
Maltby Art, Winchester, Hampshire
Rostra Gallery, Bath
Bournemouth University Art Loan Collection 2006/2007
Fifty Wessex Artists, Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton

Solo Exhibitions
1987-92 Dorset County Library, Dorset
1989 Gallery 273, Queen Mary College, London
Dance Attic Studio, London
1995 Justin Cooke, Allsop Gallery, Bridport Art Centre, Dorset
1996 Sea Sky and Landscape, Studio 3 Gallery, London
1988-06 Annual Summer Exhibition, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset (nineteen exhibitions)

2005 Royal West of England Academy, Friends PrizeFifty Wessex Artists Published by [EVOLVER] BOOKS. ISBN. 0955450306 2006, text by Fiona Robinson
Western Gazette August 1995
RWA magazine Issue No.38 Summer 2005, page 20, Open Painting and Friends Prize

      The Artist Magazine May 2006, pages 46-47, In conversation Justin Cooke, written by Tim Saunders
Reviews and Editorials
Arts Review January 2002
Country Living January 2004
Dorset Evening Echo Various from 1986 to present
Western Gazette Various from 1988 to present

Other Publications
Bournemouth University Art Loan Collection 2006/2007 Published by Bournemouth University, Julie Herring, Curator, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset

Justin Cooke

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United Kingdom

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