‘Courting Colour‘, a new exhibition of the works of Op and Abstract Artist Barrie Cook, opens at the Newman Street Gallery (London) on 11th July 2012 and runs through to August 4th 2012 [UPDATE – exhibition now open until 15th September 2012]. Gallery opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Entrance to the exhibition is free. The exhibition is curated by Sandra Higgins.
Newman Street Gallery
Lower ground, 18 Newman Street, London, W1T 1PE
(Below the newly opened space ‘The Piper Gallery’)
“Barrie Cook has been working in form and colour for over 60 years. He is masterly at combining vivid pigments many times in juxtaposition with dynamic forms applied to the canvas using his unique semi-industrial spray gun process. Through this method, he achieves an extraordinary high degree of subtlety creating the illusion of movement and mystery.
Cook’s gradated bands play tricks on the eye – it is impossible to tell where the sprayed bars begin or end. In his larger paintings, the viewer is drawn into a physical space dominated by the work. His work has been described as being ‘rhythmic’, ‘pulsating’ and ‘sonorous’.
‘Painting is a way of thinking. Each picture requires its own special logic. I use paintings to hint at, or make manifest, the unseen and the intangible. I see them as an aid to contemplation and meditation.’ – Barrie Cook”
If you are in London during this period, I would highly recommend you take the opportunity to see the works of this talented and unique Op Artist.