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Jonathan Delafield Cook

United States

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Works by Jonathan Delafield Cook


When looking at any of Jonathan Delafield Cook’s charcoal drawings the eye at first seizes and consumes the image purely as a kind of specimen, not yet seduced by its surface textures. Each form is recreated with such meticulous attention to detail that we understand implicitly that these images sit on the threshold of scientific enquiry. And yet ultimately every one of them is based on subjective impressions and imaginative discovery, resulting from repeated observation and acquired knowledge. 

 The use of charcoal as his medium is central to this revelation. Delafield Cook’s method has more in common with that of a mezzotint engraver, introducing light, tone and texture to a dark ground. 


Born 1966


1994-95 Royal College of Art 1994-5 (Darwin Scholar)




2018 New Drawings, Purdy Hicks Gallery (solo)

2017                    Small, Purdy Hicks Gallery

Bloom, Olsen Irwin, Woollahra

2016 By Design, Purdy Hicks Gallery (solo)

2014 Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney (solo)

2013 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (solo)

Colnaghi, London (solo)

2012 Voices of Art 3, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney

Pulse Miami, Purdy Hicks, London

Korean International Art Fair, Seoul

Pulse New York, Purdy Hicks, London

2011 Radical Drawing, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

London to Sydney, Agnews Gallery, London

2010 Bird Show, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (solo) 

Birdwatching, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (solo) 

2009 Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (solo) 

2008 In Drawing, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London

2007 Twenty, Dorset County Hospital

2006 William and Jonathan Delafield Cook, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney

2005 Flower Myth, Beyeler Foundation, Basel

2004 Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (solo) 

Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (solo) 

2003 Flower Power, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Flower Power, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

2002 Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (solo) 

Rex Irwin Art Gallery, Sydney (solo) 

2000 Big, Small, New, Pippy Houldsworth, London 

1999 Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney (solo) 

1998 John Brown Publishing, London (solo) 

1996 GA Galleries, Tokyo 




1995 The Art Newspaper Award

The Folio Society Awards, Second Prize, Royal College of Art

1994-5 Darwin Scholarship, Royal College of Art

1994 The Folio Society Awards, commendation

First prize, Tohoku Architectural Competition, Japan, with Riken Yamamoto




Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Arts Project De Beers Contemporary Art Collection

Deutsche Bank AG Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester

John Brown Publishing Goldman Sachs, International

Norbury Park Project Prudential Corp

Rugby School Ten Cubed Collection