Born in Birmingham, where he studied under Bernard Fleetwood-Walker for five years, Cook taught painting and fine art in several colleges of art and universities (listed in Buckman). In 1992 Cook and his wife, Mary, moved to Helston, Cornwall, and his work is shown widely and held in several public collections.
A celebrated abstract artist based in Mullion on the Lizard, in 2010 he was invited to select and open the 'Open Art Exhibition' for the fourth annual Newlyn Arts Festival. The work of 52 local artists was chosen for exhibition at NAG (paintings, pottery, sculpture).
The death of Barrie Cook in July 2020, aged 91, was followed by that of his wife Mary two days later.
Painter of abstracts; teacher
works and access
Access to works: Arts Council; Tate Gallery
2011: 'Truth and Illusion' Lemon Street Gallery, Truro 15 Oct-5 Nov
2015: Winter Exhibition, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro (12 Dec 2015 - 30 Jan 2016)
2016: 'Bonded Spirits', Lemon Street Gallery, Truro (20 Feb-12 Mar)
2019: 'A Letter to Barrie', Lemon Street Gallery, Truro (14 Dec-18 Jan)
Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945
Cornishman 18 Nov 2010 'Arts Festival begins with a bang' (Newlyn's 4th Annual Arts Festival)
Cross (2002) Catching the Wave: Contemporary Art & Artists in Cornwall (pp61-64, photos & illus)