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La Madonna by Janet Cook, Oil on Panel, 30X30
Solo Exhibition
March 6 - 27, 2014
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 6, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Meet the Artist @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

Dacia Gallery is proud to present “Ars Longa Vita Brevis”. The exhibition is titled after one of Cook’s paintings and often interpreted as art is long, life is short, but originally it was the opening statement in a medical text and the lines that followed read more like “It takes a long time to acquire and perfect ones expertise, and one has a short time but to do it”.  “I have been painting for a while now, but this statement still rings true to me; It takes a long time to hone ones skills so for the past two years since my last solo at Dacia, I have experimented with different techniques of painting, used a variety of materials, but I can see this is going to be a life long journey. The common thread though out this time has been my fascination with the figure;  It’s timeless beautiful and fascinating. Additional inspiration comes from variety of places ranging from the old masters paintings to modern day advertising, graffiti and body art. My goal is combine these elements together, along with my imagination into a cohesive whole that intrigues and engages the viewer.” Janet Cook, New York, 2014.


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 the old masters to modern day advertising and graffiti.  My goal is to capture the ‘spirit of the age’; the zeitgeist by combining these elements along with my imagination into a cohesive psychological whole, that intrigues and engages the viewer.


J. A. Cook had her first solo show at Dacia in 2012 and has exhibited at galleries and institutions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2013 she participated in the Fountain Art Show, at the Armory, NY and had her work shown in France, Germany, and Romaniaas part of Dacia Universal Art Project.

Museum shows include a four-person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ, Mattatuck MuseumCt, National Academy Museum, NY, Hudson River Museum, NY, and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands. Cook’s work was also featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code' and has appeared in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ, The American Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, and the Gallery and Studio Magazine, The Times Square Chronicle, TheGreatNude.tv, Fine Art Connoisseur and The New York Optimist.  Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America and Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, and The Allied Artists of America. She teaches at the Pastel Society of America and runs workshops in France. Her work is many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ.

Originally from the UK, Cook studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University, England, UK.

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