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A.D. COOK

Original Artworks on Canvas and Metal

*Approximately half of the artworks on this website are realistic figurative art nude paintings. Please visit the NON-NUDE ARTWORKS COLLECTION or select a specific art category link if you prefer not to view those.

all works on this website were created by hand with traditional media and tools;
pencils, paint, mixed media, airbrushes, paintbrushes, and assorted power tools

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”

My Story

I feel blessed to have discovered my passion for art at an early age. Growing up, there was hardly a moment when I wasn’t drawing. Later, I learned to paint with various mediums and honed my skills with pencils, brushes, and airbrushes to create epic murals and artworks.

For me, art is a never-ending journey. I’m honored to share my journey, dreams, and memories with you here.

[ my story, continued ]

Luster Exhibition

The birth of the modern car occurred in Germany over 150 years ago. The first internal combustion, a petroleum-fueled motorcycle, came out of Germany 25 years later. In the United States, the Henry Ford Company was established in 1901. A year later, it morphed into Cadillac Motor Company, which Ford left, along with his name’s rights. A new Ford Motor Company emerged in 1903 in Detroit with backing from a dozen investors, including the Dodge brothers. The same year, 1903, Harley-Davidson was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its chief rival was the Indian Motorcycle Co. which had already emerged two years earlier, in 1901, from a bicycle manufacturer in Springfield, Massachusetts. Much has changed since those early automotive years, but perhaps nothing more so than styling in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles, which expressed itself artistically and culturally in so many ways.

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, cars and motorcycles have been ubiquitous on the nation’s streets and highways and in the film, top forty hits, and in painting. With the emergence of photo-realism in the 1960s, motor vehicles assumed a special place of distinction as subject matter in American art’s iconography.

David J Wagner, museum curator

museum tour 2018 through 2022

LUSTER: REALISM AND HYPERREALISM IN CONTEMPORARY AUTOMOBILE AND MOTORCYCLE PAINTINGS

Featuring:
AMERICA  |  DREAM 103  |  INDIAN SUMMER

LUSTER EXHIBIT Tearsheet featuring Indian Summer by A.D. Cook

Luster Exhibit Update 03/31/21

From the Desk of David J. Wagner, Curator/Tour Director I am pleased to announce that LUSTER has been scheduled at The Museum of the Rockies, an outstanding museum in Bozeman, MT from January 25 – May 8, 2022. In the

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A.D. Cook Art Nudes at Conrad West Gallery

Realistic life-size art nudes on canvas in the historic Las Vegas Arts District. I’m excited to show my realistic life-size art nudes on canvas at the all-new Conrad West Gallery in the Historic 18b Arts District. Back in December I shared the

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Happy New Year 2021 from A.D. Cook

Happy New Year 2021

Renude Vision Well, I’m glad that’s over. 2020 I mean. What a mess of a year. Like many of you, I went into 2020 fast and furious. It started off with a bang of optimism and hope, but as we

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