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was auctioned on: 31 May 2017
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Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014) Tekapo Lake Painting I (1989)

Estimate: €5,000 - €8,000
ca. US$5,528 - US$8,846
Price realised:  €14,000
ca. US$15,480
Lot number 115, Views: 10

Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014) Tekapo Lake Painting I (1989) Oil on canvas, 173 x 173cm (68 x 68'') Signed and inscribed verso Provenance: From the collection of the late Gillian Bowler. Exhibited: 'Barrie Cooke: A Retrospective', Royal Hibernian Academy, September/October 2003, and travelling to The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, November 2003. Born in Cheshire, England, Barrie Cooke came to Ireland in 1954 and immediately fell in love with the landscape. He was interested in the immediate and compelling accurate accounts of the natural world, depicting how close in nature life is to death. Death, change and decay are built into the natural world, and it is for this reason that we see a great deal of death in his oil paintings: crumpled bodies of game animals, diseased sheep and their remains and carcasses. It seems as if Cooke is always immersed in nature, at his best in a wet, measy rural place, removed from the experience of our world. Cooke started visiting New Zealand from the mid/late 1980s, making regular fishing trips and he loved the vast open spaces of the East Coast with its unspoilt environment, which contrasted to that of the polluted waters of the inland lakes and rivers of Ireland which occupied his mind and his brush during this period. Aidan Dunne wrote in Cookes retrospective catalogue about this painting: If the death of a lake in Ireland is a death of possibility,Tekapo Lake Painting I is a startling evocation of the pristine lake as a space of pure possibility. We can refer directly back to Trench Lake, which works in a similar way, and contrast the sheer brilliance of the light and the feeling of spaciousness.

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Auction house: Adams's
Date of the auction: 31 May 2017
Address: Adams's
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