Erin Cooke’s spirited abstract paintings hum with activity. Cooke works in acrylic on a large scale, with some works as many as six feet across. She plays with color, sometimes choosing a range to work in – warm tones, earth tones, even monotone – and sometimes allowing a sunny rainbow palette to explode across the canvas. Within her chosen limits, she explores contrast and teases subtleties out of each color.
Cooke’s work is reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s for its physicality and its scale, but her pattern work is all her own. She creates intricate layers, with the kind of minute detail one sees in hyper-realistic pieces. Her brushstrokes are seemingly innumerable, and can be either completely free-form or tightly herded into a pattern. They appear in every form, from streak to dab to spike. The depth Cooke creates from repeated marks is incredible. It creates an abstract landscape for the eye to move in and out of.
Cooke was born in Chicago, and today lives in Seattle. She has exhibited all around the United States, and is also a physician.