Pat Cooke (1935-2000)
Signed and dated (19)73, pen, ink and watercolour, 18.5cm by 31cm
Provenance: The Ansdell Gallery, London
In 1948, when Pat Cooke was thirteen, L.S.Lowry came to live at "The Elms" in her village of Mottram-in-Longdendale. The two struck up a friendship that lasted the rest of Lowry's life. They went on many sketching trips together to locations including Nantwich, Lytham St Annes, Ireland and Sunderland.
Lowry encouraged her to find which subjects she liked, keep a limited palette and not to be influenced to change her natural style. Unlike Mr Lowry, Pat enjoyed visiting lively places such as night clubs and wine bars and many of her works are influenced by overheard conversations.
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Cooke studied at the Slade School of Art and University College London before becoming a teacher. After nine years of teaching she then decided to become a full time artist and illustrator. She has held over forty exhibitions in locations including London, Amsterdam, Manchester, Dublin, Liverpool , Salford, Bolton and Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She has also written and worked for newspapers, magazines and television.