Amanda Hope Cook | Artist
American, born 1975
Amanda Hope Cook is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Highly influenced and inspired by her father, artist Marion B. Cook, Amanda spent her first years immersed in learning the disciplines of painting and drawing. In 1994, she was awarded a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio where she double majored in Fine Art and Illustration and minored in Visual Communications.
Since graduating with a BFA in 1999, Amanda has consistently practiced fine art with oil painting as her primary medium. She is currently producing a series of representational urban paintings with landmark neon signs as their subject matter.
With the signage industry rapidly declining in the last few decades, Amanda feels that these paintings contribute to the conservation of vintage signs. Observing the finest of detail, she recreates the way the sunlight glistens off of a curve, or the range of transparencies the shadows of the tubing cast onto the painted letters of the surface below. These works of art are a continuation of Amanda’s series of oil paintings entitled “Looking Up”, in which she hopes to reveal a thing of beauty in an object that sits dormant against a boundless sky and is often only seen from a distance.
Amanda is represented by Sharon Weiss Gallery of Columbus, Ohio; Gallery Minerva of Asheville, North Carolina; and Haynes Galleries of Nashville, Tennessee and Thomaston, Maine.
Contact Amanda here.