Creative Thinking by Jeannine Cook

A retrospective exhibition at Aix-en-Provence’s Granet Museum of Fabienne Verdier’s monumental paintings and creative explorations left me intrigued and impressed. Her fertile questing mind, allied to inventive technical creativity, is an example of what can be achieved when an artist dedicates him or herself to new ways of expressing often abstract and intellectual concepts - whilst at the same time, creating expansive, harmonious beauty.

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"The Art of Rivalry", a Fascinating Read by Jeannine Cook

A book that is really fascinating and well worth reading. Passion, friendship, envy, ambition, betrayal, angst and genius: eight artists about whom we all know something but will learn a great deal more in this book.

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Della Robbia Delights by Jeannine Cook

The della Robbia family created extraordinary polychrome, lustrous terracotta sculptures, tondos, freizes and other architectural ornaments throughout the 15th century in Renaissance Florence. Three generations, Luca, nephew Andrea and his son, Giovanni, ran a workshop famed for their innovative techniques of glazing terracotta pieces, deemed a “new, useful, and most beautiful” way of adorning buildings sacred and secular. Many of their pieces grace museums around the world; they are a delight to enjoy.

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Discovering Hyman Bloom by Jeannine Cook

Whether it is depicting a “Still Life with Squashes”, a synagogue chandelier, rocks or stones, dissected cadavers, fishes, brides, wrestlers or elderly women, Hyman Bloom is a masterly painter and draughtsman who achieved a high level of success in his adopted home of Boston. He has been “overlooked” in recent years, but his work is well worth seeking out - you will marvel at it.

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Belonging to Country - a Western Australian Artist by Jeannine Cook

Lance Chad, Tjyllyungoo, a Nyoongar Aborigine artist, exhibiting in Perth’s Western Australian Art Gallery, reminds us of our vital spiritual and literal connections to County and Land. We all belong somewhere, and the underpinning natural landscapes that have sustained generations of humans, animals and plants are ever more vital to us all. Lance Chadd’s art is a wonderful tonic and incentive to think and, ideally, celebrate our world.

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Art, Science and Politics equal Western Australian Beauty by Jeannine Cook

Western Australian artist, Philippa Nikulinsky, is not only a superb botanical artist, but allies science, dedicated field observations and enormous skill to a passion for celebrating all the ecosystems of Western Australia. Her long years of art-making allow her to record the ever-changing landscapes, flora and fauna in a fashion that goes beyond environmental issues and political concerns, ultimately to achieve an incredible body of beautiful work that enriches Australia.

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Hans Hoffman - an Artist in Constant Evolution by Jeannine Cook

From his early exposure to Cubism and Fauvism, Hans Hoffman evolved through a lifetime of experimenting in painting to an extraordinarily inventive approach to creating art that is often as relevant today as it was when it was created in the 1960s. Seeing his evolution in the large exhibition, ”Hans Hoffman - The Nature of Abstraction” at BAMPFA, Berkeley, reinforces my own belief in each artist’s need, and capacity, to remain open and flexible to growth and change.

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How a New Display can Transform Art by Jeannine Cook

Staying at The Chetwood, an artist’s residency in Oakland, California, and evaluating my art with fresh eyes as it hangs at Subrosa Coffee, also in Oakland, is an interesting process. It is all thanks to photographer, Terri Lowenthal, who has hosted me here at The Chetwood.

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Revisiting Earlier Drawings by Jeannine Cook

The tang of mint, the fragility of a lily - botanical drawing teaches about so many aspects of plants. Yet it is interesting to measure that as I have evolved as an artist, those earlier drawings have led me on to learning so much more about trees, rocks, environments, places. Seeing two exhibitions of my botanical metalpoint drawings up now in Berkeley and Oakland at the same time is both a celebration and a realisation of how the world can teach us artists so much more, all the time.

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