Howard Cook is an artist that lived from 1901 to 1980. Cook was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and died in Santa Fe, New Mexico In 1919 he went to New York and attended The Art Students League on a scholarship. Three of his fellow students were Max Weber, Andrew Dasburg, and George Bridgman. While a student, he was employed at photo-engraving shops, painted billboards, and got some lithography work.
Cook started working as an illustrator in 1922 making woodcuts and drawings that Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and other magazines used. He illustrated Willa Cather' s fiction work Death Comes for the Archbishop for the magazine Forum. He did a woodcuts series of the Grand Canyon in 1927.
When 1931 rolled around, he had been in “50 Prints of the Year” for the fourth time. He was known for his prints of the Southwest, when he received a fellowship awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1934. It allowed him to go the Southern states of the U.S. and create drawings for a year.
He was married to Barbara Latham, a fellow artist and they traveled together on this artistic journey. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama he drew people working making sorghum, pottery, and in other endeavors. He draw people in a fiddler's contest and during baptism. He drew folks in coal mines and making steel, while in Birmingham, Alabama. They also visited Mobile, Alabama, New Orleans, and Texas.
He moved to Talpa, New Mexico in 1935 and 1937 brought him the biggest commission for a mural that a Taos artist ever received. During the decade of the '40s he painted watercolors; the subjects were mainly Southwest scenes. Cook was in the Navy during World War II; he was a artist-war correspondent in the South Pacific. In 1949 he was elected into the National Academy.
When the 1940's ended Cook had switched to oils and his style had changed to abstract; during this period he favored earth colors. His work had been in many exhibitions and he was a guest professor at various universities.
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