Celia Cook b. 1964

Celia Cook graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with an MA in Painting in 1989 following a first class degree, BA Hons in Fine Art Painting, from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design.

 

Now living and working in Bath, UK, her work has been exhibited alongside the likes of Howard Hodgkin, Gillian Ayres and Vanessa Jackson, as well as in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

 

Her work is instantly recognisable. Billowing, geometric forms oscillate between illusionary space and the surface of the canvas with captivating order and authority; a play of colour, line, light and shade. Beginning with no preconceived idea of what the finished piece will look like, Cook finds form through a system of responsive experiments, “trying to create order from nothing”.
 

By honing in on the fundamental elements of volume, mass, and movement, Cook seeks to create dynamic relationships in continual flux, where each form engages with another as well as the canvas edge, creating what she describes as a kind of “visual gymnastics”.