A ramble through the paradoxes of space, my peripatetic practice over these past three decades—collectively titled Between Shadow and Memory—hovers over personal and cultural history, nature, pleasure, remembering and forgetting. Addressing visual language I use landscape and the pleasure garden as models of space, created and curated as imagining.

Manipulating images and patterns to effect and imagine pictorial space, the work is made up of sideways glimpsing and glancing as mix’n’match accumulations which paradoxically communicate a comprehensive glance; a poetic visual totalizing of experience.

The pleasure of making—of materials and processes—is at the heart of all my work and pleasure in this sense is a subversive act, since what is done for the pleasure of the doing might be subversive simply because it has no other necessary use-value.

My studio is a garden where I am the gardener.

1956born Sydney
1975 - 76B. Sc. (Arch), University of NSW, Sydney
1977 - 79Diploma of Art & Design (Printmaking), Prahran C.A.E., Melbourne
1988Artist in Residence, Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
Artist in Residence, Agora am Donaukanal, Vienna
1991M.F.A. (Painting), V.C.A., University of Melbourne, Melbourne
2001 - 05Studio/Research Residencies, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2008 - 14PhD, Monash University, Melbourne
2010Artist Residency, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
2020Artist Residency Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014here and there,  MADA Gallery, Melbourne
2010the Soubise Paintings,  Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
imagining the Garden,  Mildred I Washington Art Gallery, SUNY Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie
2009a Blossoming,  Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2008imagining the Garden , Jenny Port Gallery, Melbourne
2001Atelier 8202 , Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
2000the Kensington Florilegium,  Herring Island Gallery, Melbourne
1999the Drawing Cabinet – empire of Flora,  North Melbourne Town Hall Tower, Melbourne
1998Boxes (from Between Shadow & Memory) 1992-95, Austin and Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne
1997souvenir 1987-97,  Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019Patterns of Making (with Sabri Idrus), E Tay Gallery, New York City
2010The 185th Annual Invitational of Contemporary American Art,  National Academy Museum, New York City
2009Rigour & Beauty,  Gensler, New York City
Small Tapestries , Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
2008In Response: Summer Projects,  Wave Hill Garden & Cultural Centre, New York City
2004Black & White , McGrath Galleries, New York City
2000National Works on Paper,  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
19989 x 5 x Twenty Five,  Victorian Arts Centre Gallery, Melbourne
1997Christmas Show,  La Trobe Street Gallery, Melbourne
1996Doboz,  F.M.K. Gallery, Budapest
Focus,  Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill (curated by Robert Lindsay)
Box,  Next Wave Festival, Craft Victoria Gallery, Melbourne (curated by Suzie Attiwill)
3rd Sapporo International Print Biennale,  Sapporo
Arena Collection, Vienna
Australian Embassy, Budapest
Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne
City of Banyule Art Collection, Melbourne
Department of Resources and Energy, Canberra
Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest
Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne
Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2020Studio Residency Victorian College of the Arts University of Melbourne, Melbourne
2012Connecticut Artist Fellowship Grant
2009Artist Residency, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
2008Small Tapestries, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
2002 - 05Studio Residencies, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
1999Moya Dyring Award, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1995Endpapers, Agenda magazine, issue # 42, May 1995
1992 Arkell Anniversary Portrait, Melbourne
1990Catani Bar/Café, restaurant & bar ceilings, St Kilda (with Richard Ward)
1989Diamond Valley Acquisitive Award
1988Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
1987Hungarian Government Scholarship, Hungarian Ministry of Culture & Education, Budapest
1986Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria Painting Prize, Melbourne
1985Vitrex-Camden Award, Victorian College of the Arts
Recent Publications
Ponder Review Vol. 4 Issue #2 2020 (featuring Elegy paintings 24 and 27, and a Garden)
Goings On About Town – Art;
In Response: Summer Projects, The New Yorker, Sept. 1 2008
Jennifer McGREGOR,
In Response: Summer Projects, exhibition catalogue, New York City, 2008
Christina HA,
In Response, Summer Projects, SundayArts News, WNET Thirteen, July 6, 2008
Inspirational setting, The Riverdale Press, July 21, 2008
Robert NELSON,
The unseasonable seasons of Andrew Cooks, Imagining the Garden, exhibition catalogue essay, Melbourne 2008
Frances JOHNSON,
Man of all Seasons, The Age Aug 15, 2008
Rebecca SHEA ,  Art Advisory Services Inc.
Rigour & Beauty exhibition catalogue, New York City, 2009
The Art Spirits: The National Academy's 185th Annual,, March 17, 2010   
Time never stays in a place - Time takes hold. Essay in  and in the Ponds broken off from the sky , KA Books New York, 2010
Andrew COOKS
The Soubise Paintings, KA Books, New York, 20-07/03-XX11, 2011
Andràs KUX
Andrew Cooks—Tapestry Miniatures 2008,  KA Books, New York, 21-0701-XX11, 2011