Martin Cooke

Contemporary Artist

 

 

Inspired by the emotional impact of colour and colour relationships, I paint at the boundary between the abstract and the representational, leaving plenty of room for the observer to make their own interpretations.

In most of my work I'm aiming to achieve a sense of layered depth, visible in works such as Babel, Left Bank and Coming up for Air, or collaging-without-collage, illustrated in Boundary Fault and The Other Side of Mont St-Victoire. My goal is to produce artwork that leads the eye in not only the two dimensions of the canvas but also into the painting itself.

I also produce more expressive works such as Tango, Bebop, and Red Cognition, often using acrylic inks, enamel paints, or a mix of these media.

My artwork varies in scale from postcard-sized to metre scale canvases.

Amongst my inspirations I count Nicolas de Staël, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Paul Klee, André Derain, and Franciszka Themerson.

Babel

Acrylic on canvas

1m x 1m

Boundary Fault

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 cm

Coming Up for Air

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 80 cm

The Light Pours Out of Me

Acrylic on card

20 x 15 cm

Tango

Acrylic ink on canvas

60 x 80 cm

Bebop

Mixed acrylic media on canvas

50 x 80 cm

Geological Time

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 cm

Volcan Arenal

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 cm

Red Cognition

Enamel on paper

30 x 40 cm

Symphony no. 4

Mixed acrylic media on card

20 x 15 cm

Inundated

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 cm

Left Bank

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 50 cm

The Other Side of Mont St-Victoire

Acrylic on canvas

80 x 60 cm

Reykjanes, Iceland (Dec 2023)

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 60cm

Land of Ice and Fire

Acrylic on canvas

80 x 60cm