Christopher Cook was born in North Yorkshire, England. He studied Literature and Fine Art at the University of Exeter, UK, and MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. He spent three years in Bologna as Italian Government scholar, exhibiting in Eros in Albion at the Casa Masaccio and From Bacon to Now at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Between 1991-93 he was Guest Artist at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and Visiting Fellow to the University of Oxford, and in 1994 became Distinguished Visiting Artist to CalState University Long Beach, exhibiting in the UK/LA festival, and representing the UK at the Cagnes Painting Biennale, France and the European Union exhibition in Bangkok.

Between 1995 to 1997 three extended research visits to India led to a rethink of his work, from which the 'graphites' appeared, and colour has not returned since. An early graphite was prize winner at John Moores Liverpool XX1 and others have been the subject of major group and solo shows in Norway, Germany and the USA.

In 1998 Cook was appointed Reader in Painting at the University of Plymouth. Following publication of his selected poems: For and Against Nature in 2000, he travelled on a scholarship to the Bundanon Trust in Australia, and later that year began a two year Arts Council of England residency at the Eden Project in Cornwall UK, where some of the larger images relating to genetics and self-organising systems began, along with material for his latest artist's book a thoroughbred golden calf. In 2004/05 a major survey show supported by the British Council toured four venues in the USA.

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