I consider our mind-body-spirit to be an extension of nature's creative energy and my practice is to connect with this source. The aim of my work is to polish my own perception, into one of personal depth and alignment with nature’s beauty. It brings me fulfillment to share this journey, knowing that my finished works may serve as a mirror of spiritual significance.
Contemporary artist Christopher L. Cook (CLCook) follows the enthusiasm of his inner child essence, exploring paint as a path of self-discovery. CLCook upholds that to lead a rich authentic life, one must cultivate their intrinsically creative nature.
As a teenager, with close friends, he led a subversive group of humanist guerrilla artists bringing poetry, theater, and visual arts to unsuspecting public spaces. These formative years and motivations shared by his young cohort, continue to play an integral part in Christopher’s artistic vision.
Pursuing an eagerness for psychology in college, CLCook picked up oil painting as merely an elective. However, recognizing deeper philosophical aspects of creative expression, a new dedication to art quickly overtook him.
In 2012, introduction to artist David Gallup through the California Art Club (CAC) led to years working closely as David's apprentice, which has forever shaped his sense for color, design and harmony. This immersive education propelled Christopher’s artistic development and carried his artwork into respected museums.
Today Christopher is an emerging influencer and internationally collected artist. He gives back to the art community through public speaking engagements, private teaching and his work with the CAC leading their Mentorship Program. By way of diligent practice and his studies in creativity, CLCook contributes an innovative vision of love from which he believes the world can benefit.
David C. Gallup Fine Art Apprenticeship
2012 - 2020
Full time art training with emphasis on contemporary oil painting technique, art jurying, visual presentation of artwork, brand development, communication of technique and philosophy.
Master Artist Workshops & Critiques
2011 - 2019
Working under the attentive guidance of renowned artists including Stefan Baumann, Jim McVicker, Michael Obermeyer and Matt Smith. Also assimilating professional advice and critical analysis from such revered individuals as Peter and Elaine Adams, John Asaro, George Carlson, Quang Ho, Carolyn Lord, Dan Pinkham and Eric Rhoads.
Honors & Publications
Talent Prize Award
Recognized for the painting, Fear in The Nation as part of Art Show International's exhibition titled, How to Remember 2020.
Painting California: Seascapes and Beach Towns
A Skira Rizzoli publication with essays by Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum Collection; and Molly Siple, author of numerous books and articles; with the forward by Elaine Adams, CAC’s Executive Director and CEO.
Southwest Art Magazine
Interviewed and featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s cover story article 21 Under 31 Young Artists to Collect Now.
Announced as “Best Artist Under 30” in PleinAir Magazine’s PleinAir Salon Winners.
Art Muse Award
Awarded “Emerging Artist Winner” by renowned artist Kim Lordier.
Highlighting the Younger Set at the Gold Medal
Article by Molly Siple in the CAC Newsletter
2021 - 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Hilbert Museum of California Art, Orange, CA
2021 - How to Remember 2020, Art Show International, Virtual Gallery
2021 - WVAG Open Juried Show, Westlake Village Art Guild, Virtual Gallery
2020 - Welcome to California,
California Art Club, Virtual Gallery
2020 - A Summer Getaway,
American Legacy Fine Arts, Virtual Gallery
2018 - A Collector's Feast,
American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena CA
2018 - 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2018 - On Location in Malibu,
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu CA
2018 - A Journey Along the California Coast, California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill, San Marino CA
2017 - Fleeting Moments - Works En Plein Air, American Legacy Fine Arts, Pasadena CA
2017 - Golden State Splendor,
Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula CA
2017 - 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry National Center Museum, Burbank, CA
2017 - The Plein Air Perspective,
Millard Sheets Art Center, Pomona CA
2016 - Reflections in Water,
Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, Moraga CA
2016 - The Old Mill: Celebrating Two Centuries, California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill, San Marino CA
2016 - 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry National Center Museum, Burbank, CA
2016 - Art In A Free Society,
San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center, Tarzana CA
2016 - Traversing the Globe,
California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill, San Marino CA
2015 - On Location in Malibu,
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu CA
2012 - Rancho Boca De Santa Monica, The Kuruvungna Springs, Los Angeles CA