Arts Derbyshire

Artist profile

Michael Cook

Thematically my work falls into two overlapping groups. Often dream-like and densely atmospheric, the imagery is an imaginative distillation of memories and sensations of the gardens, orchards, fields and lanes of my childhood in Derbyshire. This work has obvious links with British Neo-Romanticism; wandering figures on long journeys, aspects of nature as metaphors for human joy and sorrow, animal and human figures expressive of mystery and spiritual longing. I also produce figurative pieces and series which consciously seek to engage with theological narratives, texts and themes, though usually in oblique or ambiguous ways. I show work all over the country, in galleries, churches and cathedrals, and am owner of The Manger Gallery, which specialises in contemporary British romanticism, visionary and imaginative work. 

Creative Genre

  • Paintings and drawings.

Work Undertaken

  • I sometimes undertake private commissions and also commissions for churches and cathedrals.



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