8 January – 20 January

'The Awakening' - KEITH COOK

Keith Cook (Cookie)

Debut exhibition of paintings based on Poutama Tukutuku panel designs, with colour schematics and title ideas from his daughters.  A true whanau collaboration that speaks of family, place and tradition.

“The original thought for the Poutama tukutuku panel design (the steps), from this pattern the triangle emerged from my thoughts. I then blended with my ideas and where I am now in my life and the patterns you will see are the result. What you can expect to see are a series of paintings of different designs and colour schemes. I draw the design. My 9yr old daughter Vivienne picks the colours and my 7yr old daughter Kirra names them. It is a total whanau collaboration.”

Artist statement

My work is a constant search for the best way to interpret the ideas that I have about myself and the world I live in. I do not limit myself to one medium, style or concept.

Inspiration and ideas change as we change. Each piece I create is an extension from the last. Where I have come from and what I have learned, as well as a preview into the future and where I am going. I am constantly learning and developing my skills as a painter, Wood scupltor and metal smith.

It has been 25 years since I activley created art. The awakening has begun.

Artist Bio

An abstract impressionistic painter, metal and wood sculptor, Keith lives in Hastings Hawkes Bay with his wife and four daughters. His current studio is a shared art space in the Hastings CBD named 'ONE ONE ATE STUDIOS' located at 118 Karamu road.

Painting brings him peace and gives Keith a place to meditate from the stress and impact from his day job.  A Soldier for 13 years and now a Corrections Officer.

Keith's highest goal is to distract the viewer for a brief point in time so that they can decompress as well and feel the grace and peace that he does whilst living in this world.

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