One of the main features about these paintings is their surface. Textures reveal hidden qualities that are hard to see in reproduction. They show how the painting was made, for sure, but by their very nature they also carry all those other things that a painting has to say. These things are important. They show the intention. The earnestness or the calm in their painting. They are the range of gestures that come about from moments of pure thought provoked clarity, to moments of instant adrenalin fuelled instinct. In short they reveal feeling, thought, intangible things.
Flight is a strange concept. When a gull circles it is as if it feels the air from the tips of its twitching primaries to its inner core. A feeling, un-seen, is viscerally connected through gently straining muscles. It may be adjusting its flight in immeasurably subtle ways. The tip of a brush or a knife is a primary.
As with birds, we have parts of us that are unseen . As artists we experience them, as we all do in life. As viewers we may see them embedded within a painting in the form of trailing brush marks, splatters and scratches.
So these hidden things are part of the painting too. They reveal another layer. The feeling, the rush, the attention to thought, the excitement, the trepidation, the joy.
Taken from the essay, These Things.
Justin Cooke 2014
One of the features of Justin's paintings is the quality they have when seen close up. There are a myriad of subtle effects and textures that are very difficult to capture on the screen. On this page, Justin will illustrate details of his work. These examples show that aspect of his work which in some way can be lost when seen in books or on a computer screen. Click on any of the images on this page to see an enlarged view.
Detail of The Meadow 2013. Oil on canvas. 100cm x 80cm