Everyday scenes made iconic with painted texture and colour
Elliott Robert Cookson graduated from Aberdeen’s Gray’s School of Art, with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting. He has since exhibited in various group shows across Scotland including GENERATOR, Dundee, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh and The Compass Gallery Glasgow. He has recently moved to Glasgow where he has set up studio and is currently making new work.
“I am interested in the translation of images and how painting can reclaim photography. I look to recreate likeness in depicting imagery which can be used as a tool to delve into the sometimes kitsch and banal through painted form that communicates subtle distortions and areas of artificial flatness.”
What We Love About Elliott's Work
I discovered Elliott’s work whilst visiting the Gray’s School of Art 2018 Degree Show. I was intrigued by his use of a retro colour palette which made me think of austere scenes from seventies documentaries and old faded family colour photos. The works have a serene presence with dimly lit views of everyday moments from small intimate studies to vast works that seem to encompass you.
Elliott’s work has a stillness and opacity in both subject matter and meaning. Everyday scenes and objects become iconic as their lack of spectacularness is highlighted by their isolation within the boundaries of the artwork and their depiction in filtered/faded mono colour.