The Stone's Nest (1979)
Barrie Cooke (b.1931, Co. Chesire)
Oil on Canvas
H: 96, W: 96 cms
Raised in Bermuda and educated at Harvard, Barrie Cooke graduated with a degree in art history. His first one-man-show was held in New York in 1950. In 1954 he came to live in Ireland and in 1955 he was awarded a scholarship to study with Oscar Kokoschcka in Salzburg. Inspired by nature, organic life and growth, and literature, Cooke was influential in reinforcing the style of the American abstract expressionists in Ireland. In 1963 he represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale. A highly respected painter, he has had three major retrospective exhibitions – in Dublin (1971), Belfast (1986) and the Haags Gemeentemuseum, Holland (1992). His work is included in many private and public collections including the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Hugh Lane Gallery.