New work by Mearns artist David Cook

THE latest exhibition which opens this weekend at the Kinblethmont Gallery, near Arbroath, features the work of award-winning Mearns artist David Cook.

Cook was born in 1957 in Dunfermline and attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. He was recognised early as an exceptional talent winning the first prize at the annual student show at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1983.

He then won a travel award which took him to Paris, Amsterdam, Belgium and Cyprus.

He won the Guthrie Award at the RSA in 1985 and was given Scottish Arts Council Awards in 1985, 1988 and 1989.

He has exhibited irregularly but notably at The Traverse Theatre in 1982 and with the 369 Gallery throughout the following decade.

He has travelled regularly to Turkey, the Balearics and significantly, at the invitation of the Everard Reed Gallery, to Southern Africa for three months in 1997.

Based from his home in the Mearns his sense of belonging is now deeply imbedded; he can see the seasons change and paint the whole calendar; the daffodils of spring, wild flowers of summer, the autumn skies and bleak drama of winter: immediate, raw and compelling. Returning to The Mearns rekindled his sense of belonging, to the seas, skies and rugged coastline of Scotland’s North East in all its moods and seasons.

His work is urgent, passionate and direct. The exhibition runs from 2 to 5 pm this Saturday, and then daily from 10 am to 5 pm until Saturday, May 26.