|After Tiepolo, Oil on Panel, 50x60|
|JANET A. COOK|
|POWER AND BEAUTY|
|April 25 - May 11, 2012|
|Thursday, April 26, 7:00 - 10:00pm|
|Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 8:00pm|
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present “Power and Beauty” a solo exhibition by Janet A. Cook. "Powerful, beautiful and timeless” is how J. A Cook describes the figure. For Cook the figure is an endless source of fascination and the most demanding of all subject matters. Her work is influenced by the artists from as long ago as the renaissance and mannerist periods right up to the current day graffiti artists working on the walls of New York City. She combines the fluidity and movement from these old masters with a contemporary set of imagery that is not only from this world, but also from her imagination. Abstraction, repetition, pattern and symbolism, are important components, but her ultimate goal is to intrigue and engage the viewer. Cook recently participated in a four-person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and was featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code'. Her work was featured in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ.
Janet A. Cook, recently participated in a four person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and was featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code'. Her work was featured in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ. The American Artist Magazine and The Pastel Journal, have also published featured articles on her work. Cook has also won numerous accolades and prizes in both state and national competitions including two first prizes at the National Academy Museum, School of Art, Best 2d work in show at The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Silver Medal at the Allied Artists of America and the Gold Medal Master Circle Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies. Cook is an elected Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Her paintings are to be found in many collections including the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ, The Buckingham Hotel NYC, and numerous private and corporate collections through out America, Israel and Europe. She studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, with Sharon Sprung, Mary Beth Mckenzie, and Peter Cox and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University in England.
There is a dramatic lyrical quality found in the human form that I am particularly attracted to. The figure is endlessly fascinating, one minute it can be soft and curvy, the next dramatic and forceful. I aim to capture these gestures in my work, a process that is a constant challenge. In addition to the figure, I am inspired by an infinity of ideas and images ranging from Renaissance paintings to modern day advertising and graffiti. My goal is to capture the zeitgeist by combining these elements along with my imagination into a cohesive whole that intrigues and engages the viewer.