One of the main features of 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 thought provoked clarity, to moments of pure instinct. In short they reveal feeling, thought, intangible things.
As viewers, we see this embedded within a painting in the form of trailing brush marks, splatters and scratches. These hidden things play an important part in painting . 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