John Paul Cooke

As a professional artist John's love and passion is within the field of abstract art. With an unrestrictive approach he creates passionate, colourful art, derived from everyday visual experiences. A large proportion inspired by the bright Cornish light of St. Ives and the earthy tones of the Peak District near Sheffield where he grew up. The dramatic use of colour, texture and form, illustrates his desire to 'capture the moment' and to stimulate the voyeur with an emotion or reaction. With his very distinctive style, technique and approach there emerges a carefully constructed, unique piece of art.

About his painting process he describes “…my work takes days often weeks to complete. Layers of paint, give history and meaning to the painting…. creating clarity, texture, tone and movement in its conclusion.

Although simple in appearance and pleasing on the eye, the art is complex and carefully crafted … a Pandora’s box of images, texture & colour open to thought, contemplation and above all to the enquiring mind, interpretation.


Anvil Gallery
11 Old Blacksmith's Yard,             
Sadler Gate, Derby, DE1 3PD            

anvilgallery@outlook.com