Original Oil Paintings and Limited Edition Lithographs

Profile of
Charles B. Cooke

Charles Cooke has been a serious painter since his youth. Encouraged by his early success, he continued his studies at the Maryland Institute of Art, graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, and became a life member of the Art Students League of New York. Mr. Cooke has studied and painted in Europe, and has exhibited his paintings throughout New England and California.

 

His work is in private and corporate collections, and he has received numerous awards for his oil paintings.

 

Whether the focus of his painting is on the creations of man or of nature, of the land or the sea, Charles Cooke's paintings are often subtle blends of classic and impressionistic styles. Technically masterful, Mr. Cooke's paintings are appreciated for their luminous colors, realistic representations, and as dramatic compositions of line and form, depth and perspective, light and shadow.

 

Obituary Charles Berkeley Cooke III, 71,
Artist and Gallery Owner

 

Charles Berkeley Cooke III was born September 24, 1929 in New York City to Charles B. Cooke Jr. and Margaret Phelps Speer. He passed away on July 4, 2001. Charles lived in Darien, Connecticut for the majority of his life. He spent much of his youth in Watch Hill, Road Island. He served in the Army during the Korean War from June 22, 1948 through May 16, 1952.

 

Charles dedicated his life to painting and at age sixteen studied under the renowned artist, Robert Brackman. He then attended the Maryland Institute of Art, graduated from the Art Institute of Boston, and became a life member of the Art Students League of New York. Charles was an acclaimed painter whose work is in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. He received wide spread recognition for his oil paintings including awards at The Mystic Art Festival, The Great Americana Show, New Canaan Art Show, Greenwich Art Society, and Hudson Valley Art Association.

 

Cooke's work went beyond painting to include restoration and conservation, illustration, magazine publishing, and art direction for a New York advertising agencythen for his own graphic design studio. In the five years prior to his passing, Cooke owned galleries in Fairfield and Westport Connecticut and exhibited frequently at summer art shows throughout New England.