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Jean Cooke: Delight in the Thing Seen opens at Jerwood Gallery

May 24, 2017

Piano Nobile is proud to be lending over twenty works to the Jerwood Gallery's latest exhibition Jean Cooke: Delight in the Thing Seen. 

 

A rare glimpse into the life and work of Jean Cooke RA (1927-2008), the exhibition celebrates her quirky lyrical vision, drawing together works that explore the different aspects of her artistic practice. 

 

Paintings, photographs and personal items provide the basis of an intimate look at one of Modern British art's finest and most enigmatic exponents, featuring works never before seen in public. 

 

Delight in the Thing Seen includes paintings that relate to her family and personal life, local landscapes and seascapes, still lifes, and a powerful self-portrait. 

 

Cooke said ‘Everything that happens when I open my eyes [each morning] is a surprise. It’s like dying and coming alive again every day’. When asked why she painted, Cooke replied: ‘It is some sort of love, some sort of devotion. More nun-like than a devouring of life, but still an untiring use of eyes and mind to concoct images... a continuous delight in the thing seen.’

 

Jean Cooke: Delight in the Thing Seen is at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, until 10 September 2017. 

 

For more information, please visit the Jerwood Gallery website