Lorraine Cooke

Previous AA2A artist

Brief description: This site profiles the works of both Lorraine Cooke MA and Roderick K. Newlands MA (RCA.) Cooke and Newlands have regularly exhibited together and continue to add to their portfolio of exhibitions both in the UK and Cyprus.

Location: Cyprus and UK

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Email: raincooke@googlemail.com

Website: http://www.facebook.com/take2artists

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To view the full biographies of Lorraine Cooke and Roderick. K. Newlands please see the blog entitled 'exhibitions listings.' 

Lorraine Cooke-

About the artist

Born Norwich, England.

Cooke graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2003 with a BA(hons) in Fine Art. Since graduating Cooke has been working as a professional artist and curator. In 2004 she was shortlisted for the Babylon gallery Award for an emerging artist and was also selected to exhibit at the Royale Academy Summer Show, fringe of East International. Cooke was a founding member of Articulate Artists Syndicate (a cooperative of artists and creative practitioners formed to promote the wealth of creativity in the East of England) of which she fulfilled the roles of Co. Director and Co. Secretary. Following the success of a number of exhibitions with AAS Cooke has concentrated on her solo career exhibiting both nationally and internationally. In 2006 she was selected for the 2nd Open Competition Exhibition at Byard Art Gallery, selected by the former Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Cooke’s talent was acknowledged after completing an AA2A residency (Artists Access to Art school- national residency scheme) at Norwich University of the Arts (NUCA), when her work was published in a-n magazine and she was awarded the coveted title- AA2A Artist of the Year 2009. She enjoyed working alongside students and went on to offer her assistance as Student Mentor at NUA. Following this success Cooke was offered the position of Assistant Director of Art1821 gallery, where she had the opportunity to curate Rebirth, a major international exhibition in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and culture and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Cooke was presented with the Cyprus Bonarota Award by Dr. Stass Paraskos in achievement of a series of paintings made in response to Cyprus during 2010/ 2011. Cooke went on to gain an MA in Fine Art with commendation from Northampton University in 2011 and was featured by Saatchi as an Artist of recognition with work included in the Inspired by Miro Saatchi collection. Cooke has since been initiating and leading a number of projects for the European Capital of Culture 2017 award in support of the European Capital of Culture Schools in action programme and simultaneously developing her own practice with a focus on cultural influences of Cyprus. 


Personal Statement

The current exploration of what is best described as inscape draws upon the history of landscape genre in painting and is an attempt to rationalize the landscape in which I find myself. I use landscape in the broadest sense of the word, not excluding the landscape of the mind.

    “ Nature is the biggest of the big pictures. We worship and loathe it, sanctify and destroy it… Subject of both science and art, the landscape functions as a mirror and a lens; in it we see the space we occupy and ourselves as we occupy it. And have consistently sought to connect in some level with the landscape.”

Recent works demonstrate my interest in calligraphic line and the fundamental concerns of colour, shape and pictorial rhythm in the activity of painting.

(Brian Wallis- Land and Environmental Art.)


Roderick. K. Newlands-

About the artist

Born Aberdeen, Scotland.

Roderick. K. Newlands graduated from the ‘Royal College of Art’ in 1978 and has been practicing as a professional artist since 1974. In 1979 Newlands was awarded a fellowship to ‘Cheltenham College of Art.’ Newlands exhibits both nationally and internationally and has exhibited at the Royal Summer Academy shows and Royal Scottish Academy exhibitions on a number of occasions. Newlands has won two major awards from the Royal Scottish Academy. He was based in Norfolk from 1980 lecturing at both Yarmouth and Norwich Schools of art. He was course leader and tutor of the Foundation studies course at ‘Norwich School of art and design’ between 1989 and 2006. He lectured on the Postgraduate Diploma course in Fine Art at Cyprus College of Art during the academic year 2010-2011. Newlands is currently based in Cyprus where he is developing works in response to the island and he continues to exhibit internationally. 


Personal Statement

Newlands painting concerns have evolved from a long term interest in ‘Abstract Surrealism.’ The ambiguous nature of the imagery is evocative of organic, mechanical and architectural forms existing in “an other” space. Newlands believes that there are pivotal life experiences which root themselves in our psyche and play a major role in our image making processes in the constant seeking out of appropriate visual vehicle. Newlands sites memories of his childhood, assisting his father (agricultural engineer) mending “monstrous, mechanical contraptions” situated in a dark barn with only a hand held torch for source of light. Later experiences of the oil industries intrusion upon the Scottish landscape and culture made a great psychological influence in the development of his work. Recent works are reflective of Newlands experiences living on the island of Cyprus.





Hahnemuhle print exhibition:
Proving very popular, two additional venues have been scheduled for the viewing of the Hahnemuhle print exhibition featuring the latest series of mono- prints by Lorraine Cooke.

Dates and venues:

The Granary Gallery, Stow- on- the- Wold, The Cotswolds. 16th - 18th March. Open 10 am - 5 pm.

Artspace Woodbridge, 64 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk. 6th - 10th April. Open 10 am - 5 pm.

All welcome.

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