Janet A. Cook
“Liz and the Thread of Flight”
Pastel and Mixed Media
40 x 43 in.
The common thread through out my work is my fascination with the figure; it’s timeless, beautiful and powerful. Additional inspiration comes from a variety of sources ranging from the old masters to modern advertising, graffiti and body art. My goal is to combine these elements, along with my imagination, into a cohesive, strong statement that intrigues and engages the viewer.
Janet A. Cook will be exhibiting in the “Five-Year Anniversary Exhibition of Figurative Art” during September 2015 at Dacia Galley, New York City, and is slated to have her third solo show at the gallery in 2016.
Cook has also exhibited at galleries and institutions through out New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 2013 she participated in the “Fountain Art Fair” at the Armory, NY and has shown in France, Germany, and Romania as part of Dacia’s “Universal Art Project.” Museum shows include an invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ, Mattatuck Museum, CT, National Academy Museum, NY, Hudson River Museum, NY, and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America and The Salmagundi Art Club; A Master Circle Medal award from The International Association of Pastel Societies, Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and honorable mention from the Portrait Society of America. Cook is also an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, where she serves on the Art Committee, the Pastel Society of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Allied Artists of America, and the American Artist’s Professional League.
In 2007 Cook’s work was featured on NBC’s ‘Dateline’, the ‘Da Vinci Code’ and has been reviewed and noted in the Times of Trenton, NJ, In 2014 TheGreatNude.tv made a video of her solo show at Dacia Gallery, and her portrait painting of “Winky’ was chosen for the front cover of the Art Students League Lines Magazine where she is an alumni. Her work has also been featured in The Pastel Journal, and the American Artist Magazine.
She teaches at the Pastel Society of America and runs workshops in New York and France. She has also lectured and demoed in the US and Italy and been honored to participate in both the judging and jurying of many shows. Her work is in many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ.
Originally from the UK, Cook studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, and holds a BA in Art History with honors from De Montfort University, England, UK.