Ben Cook

Bio

Based near Penzance in west Cornwall UK, Ben Cook makes artworks inspired by the landscape- as seen through the eyes of a surfer. He works across all art forms, using found and reclaimed materials, reflecting the environmental concerns of the modern day surfer. In 2008, his exhibition at the Eden Project in Cornwall, examined  the 'toxic paradox' of surfing's green image, and his one-man show Littoral Drifter at Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery in 2012, explored the 'serious' side of the surfing landscape. His work is held in the Arts Council of England collection, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and the Museum of British Surfing in Braunton, north Devon. His work is featured alongside other surf creatives from around the globe, in the new Romain Juchereau film Behind The Tide Books by Ben Cook available from Blurb Littoral Drifter2012- introductory essay and catalogue of selected works included in the exhibition at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle. Surfing Landscapes of Cornwall 2013- a pseudo guide book of 33 pencil drawings of approaches to unidentified surf spots in Cornwall. The Surfer's Gaze 2014- an examination of the cultural landscape of Cornwall using Lacan's theory of 'the gaze'. Photo: Romain Juchereau

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