Keren Cook

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Keren Cook holds a Masters in FineArts (with first class honours) and a Diploma inTeaching. Cook has taught in schools as Head of Art and worked as alecturer at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts. Shecontinues to work as a visiting artist in New Zealand schools and has worked on invitation at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, USA and the Scuola Di Grafica in Venice, Italy. Sheis currently the owner and director of a private art school in Auckland.

As a painter, Cook produces abstractwork full of suggestion. Forms are dimly reminiscent of naturally occurring landscape, yet highly influenced by man-made, architectural structures spaces intersect as the surface isthickly built up using masking tape to section off areas and broadpalette knife strokes to create depth and solidity.

The play of light and shade in Cook's work can be seen in thetonal qualities of form and shadow that describes her environments and her choice of colour is purposeful and often symbolic, used to accent the political, social and spiritual values of the painted subject.

Cook has been exhibiting for the past 15 years in both group andsolo exhibitions. During the course of her career she has been awarded various grants and prizes in recognition of her work within New Zealand. Cook continues to exhibit successfully and her works are held in public and private collections in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Italy.

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