A.D. COOK

A.D. Cook headshot by Susan Nicaise

About Motorcycle Artist A.D. Cook

A.D. Cook is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and an internationally renowned master artist whose brilliant career spans decades. His creative imagery busts out of traditional art forms leaving collectors marveling at the power, passion and detail of his paintings. The very nature of his art provides a lifetime of lasting enjoyment and increasing value for his collectors.

A.D.’s original paintings have often been featured in magazines and books as masterworks. His art has been exhibited in galleries from Key West to Hawaii, and he has been a featured artist at ArtExpo in New York City.

His current art series features larger-than-life creations showcases pride and patriotism through iconic American motorcycles.

A.D. Cook headshot by Susan Nicaise
A.D. Cook, artist 2016 | photo by Susan Nicaise

I learned at a very early age that I was an artist – it was really more of a knowing than learning. I remember drawing and painting as a child of five or six years old and realizing; “…this is it – I’m an artist.” From that point on, I dedicated my life to developing my talents.

As a young artist I traveled the country with my family – often moving from state to state, sometimes two and three times a year. Along the way I developed my self-nurtured natural talent and passion for art. Always the new kid, I quickly made friends with the aid of my pencils and paper, drawing mascots and designing sets for school plays and productions. Later, I drew portraits for friends to hone my skills. While I’ve explored several creative disciplines, drawing and painting have always remained my primary focus.

During the late 80′s through the early 90′s I served as the marketing force behind the massively successful and fast-growing Hollywood Video stores. During my five-year tenure, I created and managed their corporate identity. My greatest joy at Hollywood Video was painting dozens of large-scale wall murals of movie stars and Hollywood personalities that ultimately ended up on the walls of stores across the nation.

After leaving Hollywood Video in 1994, I continued to refine my creative skills, producing a series of realistic motorcycle paintings and other subject matter before finally transitioning to mostly figurative artworks and abstract originals.

My search for the perfectly inspiring genre led me to focus predominately on figurative fine art. Always a fan of classically beautiful women, I was propelled to begin collaborating with contemporary muses in order to explore the creation of epic original art, which celebrates their timeless beauty.

Today, I create original fine art nudes and figurative artworks on specially prepared canvas and hand-ground metal. Most are painted life-size and larger, and feature a contemporary approach to this time-honored genre. My imagery bursts out of traditional art forms, which leaves viewers appreciating their sensual nature, beauty and detail. My metal creations have been compared to sculpture and holographic mediums – there’s a dimensionality and motion visible in every artwork.

My paintings are truly unique, not only in their painting process, but also in their preparation. I meticulously prepare my canvas and metal surfaces specifically for each intended artwork. Every painting goes through several steps throughout its creation process. Using a wide variety of mediums, each piece is crafted from beginning to end, producing an original artwork with the idea in mind of creating something unique and inspiring. My pearl canvas series and metal paintings change appearance with shifting light throughout the day. A painting viewed by morning sunrise looks entirely different at evening.

The very nature of my artwork provides long lasting beauty and enjoyment. My hope is that they bring you lasting pleasure, as they do for me.

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