David Cook, Artist in Residence at Nature in Art

Peacocks in a Garden
David Cook

From the 19th to 24th June, David Cook returns as Artist in Residence at Nature in
Art. The museum is dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by Nature. lt’s situated just off the A38, at Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PA.

Each year, for more than twenty-five years, David has been an Artist in Residence, taught and given workshops in various media there. As usual, he will exhibit drawings, paintings, papercuts and, this year will be working on a larger-than-life Golden Eagle, as a raised relief paper sculpture.

The papercut, Peacocks in a Garden, (shown on the left) is a Lowicz Star. Stars are a regular motive in traditional Polish papercuts. Some folds are simple, others can be very complex. Although called stars, they are usually cut from round or square shaped paper. Stars from the Lowicz region, west of Warsaw are colourful and enhanced against a black background, which forms part of the design. Peacocks and roosters amongst flowers, are also traditionally featured.

Take a visualtour of Wallsworth Hall on www.natureinart.org.uk. Alternatively, if in the area any time, and you appreciate wildlife art, a visit is well worth it.

Artist David Cook

About David Cook

For over seventy years I have drawn, painted and been fascinated with paper. I studied at the Medway College of Art and the Regent Street Polytechnic.

My experience at Country Life Magazine and as a research and scientific photographer is reflected in the design, realistic approach and meticulous detail in my art. Various examples – including paper sculpture and paper cutting, in which I am self-taught – are included in collections world-wide.

Working with the scientists at The Cumberland Pencil Company, for forty years I helped invent, evaluate and promote Derwent art products in America, Canada and Japan as well as Britain; writing articles, a book and making three videos too.

Winning awards myself, I now encourage others by creating and sponsoring annual drawing awards.

My contributions to pencil art were rewarded in 2008 by being presented to Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.