About My Art
My art is about passion, vision, and commitment.
Dramatic in size, quality, texture, and impact, My original paintings are hard to appreciate by simply visiting a website. They need to be viewed in person. Rich in detail, my artworks can be enjoyed across the room or just inches away. They’re realistic to the point of being an illusion yet stylized enough to be attention-holding. They are my creative expression as an artist.
I apply an “old-school, hands-on” approach to everything I do in my studio and am prideful in the art that bears my signature. I firmly believe that art created by hand is essential, and quality and craftsmanship are a big part of that.
My 21st Century Approach
Like artists before me, I am inspired by great natural classic beauty. Powerful art nudes have been the focus of my art and creative energies. But, unlike artists before me, my approach captures beauty and power in a uniquely 21st-century style. Inspired by the classics, I create timeless heirloom images in contemporary media. When I’m inspired to paint on canvas, I focus on all fine masterworks’ longevity and enduring nature as the center of my focus. Working on canvas with either pearl metallics or acrylic media is enhanced by my proprietary meticulous process of preparing the surface. My metal paintings engage the viewer with energy and power. They are at the same time contemporary and timeless.
Canvas Art Originals
My original canvas artworks are typically painted in acrylics on specially-prepared canvas – typically museum-wrapped with 1-1/2″ stretcher bars. Next, several layers of gesso are hand-worked into the canvas and meticulously wet-sanded to create my desired surface. Click here for an article about my canvas prep process.
Only after the surface is perfect do I begin a painting. So much work and time go into preparing a canvas, especially considering most of my originals’ sizes. But as much as has gone into preparing the canvas for art, it’s still just the beginning. Any given painting may take dozens to hundreds of hours at the easel. The painting grows and evolves with each hour to reveal the chosen piece’s passion and beauty. For me, this is what it’s all about – the process of creating beautiful art that genuinely captures my vision and passion.
Finished paintings are treated with special UV-resistant varnish to protect the art and ensure a lifetime of enjoyment and value. Different creations receive different finishes, but typically figurative originals receive a satin finish. My pearl series receive a slightly glossier finish.
All this preparation and finish work provides a highly smooth painting, especially for canvas art. Therefore, unless otherwise, all original art is sold unframed, all visible edges are finished, and each painting is ready to display.
I started my current “Pearl Series” in Spring 2011. Since then, I’ve created a dozen larger-than-life paintings featuring beautiful muses and pearl illusions on canvas.
My Pearl Series includes effects more often integrated into my metal creations with the detail found in my canvas paintings.
Metal Art Originals
My signature metal art process results in a seemingly holographic image capturing a beauty that knows no limits. My metal artworks are created through a loving yet laborious task of grinding and preparing the metal. The figurative artwork’s grinds compliment the female form and the flow of the image. The grinds are as crucial to the artwork as the muse.
I paint with various mediums and tools to create special effects and illusions within the metal. Finished artworks are more of a mixed media painting with a high-gloss finish. That gloss is applied in a spray booth with several coats of transparent medium and then polished to a smooth glass finish.
All completed metal art is mounted to a support backing created to suspend the art in front of the wall – creating an illusion of floating – and is ready for display.
Collector Series Giclées
A.D. Cook Collector Series Giclées are available exclusively from ADCook.com. To protect consumers from any risk of fraud, particularly concerning counterfeits, no official retailer sells A.D. Cook reproductions of any kind on the Internet. However, if you find A.D. Cook’s art represented elsewhere, please feel free to email us, and we’ll verify its authenticity of creation.
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Unless otherwise noted, all art represented on this website is created by A.D. Cook. We’re proud to offer a selection of original works of art for sale. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding paintings or any items on this website. Also, please visit my contact page if you’d like to purchase any original art or discuss commissioning an artwork.
All prices are F.O.B., Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., and do not include shipping or framing.