Christopher Cook (b. 1959 North Yorkshire, UK) is a British painter known for his use of liquid graphite, a medium he developed that combines graphite powder, resin and other solvents. His technique lends itself to a range of mark-making, from the rapid and improvisational to the finely detailed, and when applied to coated paper, it results in a fusion of drawing and painting. Cook draws on traditions of Eastern landscape painting and calligraphy but also on Surrealist methods of play, serendipity and recognition. Previously he has explored the psychologically charged interiors of empty theaters and the visually static motion of waterfalls. The result is a highly evocative image accomplished through an economy of mark-making.

 

Cook received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. He spent three years in Bologna as Italian Government scholar, exhibiting in venues such as Casa Masaccio and at the Palazzo Vecchio, and in 1991-1994, he was Guest Artist at the St├Ądelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and Visiting Fellow at Oxford. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Camden Art Centre, London; Haugesund Kunstforening, Norway; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany; Stedelijk Museum Breda, Netherlands; Today Art Museum, China; Museum of Art at University of Memphis; and Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan. His works are in prominent public collections, including Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College; British Museum, London; Cleveland Museum of Art; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. In 2017, he received the Valeria Sykes Award. Cook lives and works in Devon, UK.