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

21 to 27 March 2018: Shaftesbury Arts Centre solo exhibition
3 to 13 April 2018: RK Burt Gallery, London
6 to 21 April 2018: 'Ten fifty eight: Ashmore Woods' selected for exhibition in the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour competition at Mall Galleries, London
26 May to 10 June 2018: Solo DAW exhibition at The Grosvenor Hotel, Shaftesbury

Recent exhibitions and press

January: Part of group exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Dorset

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


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: 1,000 postcards exhibition Black Swan Arts, Frome
June: Dorset Art Weeks exhibition with Tom Nutbeem
May: Selected as an Associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts

June: Paintings shown at WWF headquarters, Woking