Paintings • Sculpture • Works on Paper

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Running Heart, 10 x 11 x 3 1/2", Unique stick figure, 1984
Single Scull, 3 1/2 x 23 x 15", Painted cutout, 1980
Airplane, 2 3/4 x 14 x 17" (wingspan), Painted cutout construction, n.d.
Blockhead, 9 1/8 x 7 3/4", Pencil on paper, n.d.
Fedora, 9 x 7 x 4", Painted cutout, 1985
Headstand, 15 x 6 3/4 x 4", Bronze, edition 15, estate stamped, 1987
Lighthouse At End of Pier with Clouds, 8 x 6 1/4",Watercolor and pencil on paper, c.1978
Sunset Boat, 15 1/4 x 12 x 2 1/2", Wood, paper and string, 1984
Milk Bottle on Stand, 8 x 7", Watercolor and pencil on paper, c.1978

Gordon Cook was an accomplished printmaker, painter and educator whose work gained national interest and importance. The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Gordon Cook sculptures, some multiples, many unique. Most have never been seen: They have been in storage or with family members since his untimely death at age 57 in 1985. A selection of drawings – pencil, charcoal and watercolors compliments these sculptures.

The small stick figure sculptures, later editioned in bronze, were inspired by Cook’s walks with his daughter Kate in Golden Gate Park while looking for sticks that “seemed special.” Later these wooden figures became the subject of oil paintings. Cook said of them “I find great pathos in these little figures. They make me feel sympathetic and cautious and careful and loving of the human fact. They’re like country music songs, and I mean them to have that same kind of twist.”

This exhibition will also include Cook’s painted plywood cutouts of boats and toys that one critic saw as hovering between sculpture and painting.

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