Will Cooke (b. 1989) is a Sydney based artist whose practice adopts abstraction to understand the connection between body and mind.
Cooke is intrigued by the invisibility of memory, and the way it is experienced within the body. He explores his own personal mythologies and memories, and attempts to make these internal thoughts and experiences external.
He makes illusion-based paintings that begin a dialogue, and thus, the work develops a sensory relationship with the viewer. Cooke uses various supports, such as aluminum, canvas and paper, to concrete the sensation of memory in the physical.
Cooke’s focus on the relationship between form, surface, and the viewer, produces independent physical objects that transcend the mind.
Will finished a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) in 2011. Cooke has shown in numerous group exhibitions around Australia and has had solo exhibitions with Blockprojects, Melbourne (2017), Alexandra Porter Advisory, New York (2016), Blockprojects, Melbourne (2016), Chalk Horse, Sydney (2015) and Gallery 9, Sydney (2014).