Gary Cook lives and works in Dorset. He is The Ecologist's Artist in Residence and an Associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts. He graduated from Bournemouth in 1987 and was made a fellow of the university in 1999. He is an environmental painter creating watercolour and oil infocanvas montages: a fusion of traditional painting and hard-hitting graphics. His style is directly influenced by his background in the newspaper industry where he was an associate editor and the senior artist for The Sunday Times for 26 years, winning many international awards for his illustrations.

For his latest series, highlighting the impending threat to the UK's ash trees, he has been working en plein air, recording Dorset's classic woodlands in ethereal watercolour compositions.

 


Upcoming exhibitions
26 May to 10 June 2018: Solo Dorset Art Weeks exhibition at The Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury
2 to 24 June 2018: 'Part of Fifty Bees exhibition at Richard Jefferies Gallery, Swindon
21 July to 2 Sept 2018: Part of Arborealists exhibition at Black Swan Arts, Frome

Recent exhibitions and press

2018
April: 'Ten fifty eight: Ashmore Woods' selected for exhibition in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour competition at Mall Galleries, London
April: SGFA exhibition at the RK Burt Gallery, London
March: Sell-out Shaftesbury Arts Centre solo exhibition

February: Press coverage this month: Dorset Magazine Valley News Evolver Fine Times Recorder Blackmore Vale Magazine Woodland Trust Broadleaf Magazine
January: Part of group exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Dorset

2017
December: Rooted in Dorset solo exhibition at Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, Dorset
December: Article in Blackmore Vale Magazine
October: Paintings on show at Springhead Trust Ashscape conference and exhibiton, Fontmell Magna, Dorset
October: Two paintings exhibited at the Society of Graphic Fine Art Draw17 group show in the Menier Gallery, London
August: Work shown at Ilminster Open Exhibition, Ilminster Arts Centre, Somerset
July: "On the rocks" in final round of judging of The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

June: Society of Graphic Fine Art Biennial exhibition in the Bankside Gallery, London
June: Article in The Ecologist about London Bankside exhibition

June: Work featured in two articles in The Blackmore Vale
May: First prize for 'Orchard hum' at Portrait of Shaftesbury exhibition Shaftesbury Art Centre, Dorset. Also voted visitors favourite painting of the show
May: My Ecologist article about my sketching trip to Antarctica

May: Work shown at RSPB Arne
May: SGFA group show at RK Burt Gallery, London
March: SGFA group show at the Black Swan gallery, Frome
January: Group show at Open Prizewinners' Exhibition Ilminster Arts Centre
January: The Ecologist article on Jess Shepherd's Leafscape exhibition
January: Work featured on BBC Radio Somerset

2016

December: Group show at Quartz Arts Festival at Queen's College, Taunton
December: Zoomorphic magazine article about my work
November: The Ecologist article on Lesley Hilling
October: Work shown at 'Green Creates' exhibition for the Green Party at Hoxton Arches, London along with 40 other international artists including Grayson Perry, Gavin Turk and Andy Goldsworthy
October: Three paintings exhibited at the Society of Graphic Fine Art Draw16 group show in the Menier Gallery, London
September: The Ecologist article on Rachel Lockwood's new exhibition 'Wildling'
August: Ilminster Arts Centre Annual Open, highly commended for 'Polar swim'
August: Image of the month in the Society of Graphic Fine Arts Journal
July: Article on Kurt Jackson's 'Bees (and the odd wasp) in my Bonnet' exhibition features in The Ecologist
July: Announced as The Ecologist's Artist in Residence
June: Dorset Art Weeks exhibition with Tom Nutbeem
May: Selected as an Associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts

2015
June: Paintings shown at WWF headquarters, Woking