About Jeannine Cook
Jeannine Cook has had many one person exhibitions in venues ranging from the Michelson Museum of Art in Marshall, Texas and the Albany Museum of Art, Albany, Georgia, to Emory University and the Fernbank Science Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. She frequently exhibits with groups as varied as the Pen & Brush, New York, the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, GA, the Arts Students League, New York, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and the Georgia chapter of WCA. She helped curate two important reviews of contemporary silverpoint drawings, “The Luster of Silver”, at the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, (2006) and at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in Evansville, IN (2009). She is a frequent lecturer on silverpoint history and techniques.
Cook’s work is in many public and corporate permanent collections. Museum collections range from the McNay in San Antonio, Texas, to the Gibbes Art Museum, Charleston, the New Hall Women’s Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University, England, Les Amis de la Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, and the Consell de Mallorca, Balearic Islands Government, Spain.
Silverpoint, a drawing medium born in the monasteries of medieval Europe, is contemplative, meditative and almost addictive. Drawn with sterling silver on prepared paper, the image produced is lustrous, low-key and very permanent. It evolves slowly, quietly, ultimately becoming the warm golden brown of tarnished silver.
Silverpoint is my medium of preference. I use it to explore high-key subjects, mainly en plein air, but also in the studio. As a counterpoint, I also paint watercolours, using their brilliant luminosity to celebrate the world around me. Silverpoint and watercolour both allow me to celebrate the beautiful, the complex, the intriguing and the expansive in nature.