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Barrie Cooke, b.1931

Lough Arrow1999

The cyclicality of nature, of growth, decay and regeneration are central themes in Cooke’s paintings. In particular, water as a physical phenomenon in terms of its environmental, geological and life-forming functions has been his enduring subject matter. The water-logged areas of the natural world, not only in Ireland, but also in Borneo, New Zealand, the US and South Africa, where Cooke intermittently travelled and painted, compelled him throughout his career.

Cooke’s paintings are strongly expressive, semi-abstract works of an intuitive, visceral nature. From the 1980’s, his work increasingly called attention to the exponentially increasing pollution of Ireland’s waterways, as in ‘Lough Arrow’.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions203 x 243 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by Michael Corrigan and Mary Corrigan, 2013
Item NumberIMMA.3805
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Barrie Cooke, Lough Arrow, 1999, Oil on canvas, 203 x 243 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by Michael Corrigan and Mary Corrigan, 2013

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About the Artist

Barrie Cooke 1931–2014

Born in Cheshire, Barrie Cooke studied Art History at Harvard University and moved to Ireland in 1954. He held his first solo exhibition in Dublin the following year. Cooke has exhibited widely throughout Europe, the US and Canada. Major retrospectives of his work were held at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin in 1986 and at the RHA in 1995. Cooke exhibited at IMMA in 2008. His work is represented in public and private collections worldwide. — View Artist »