Frequently Asked Questions

OBLIVIOUS painting on canvas by A.D. Cook

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The Art & Artist

This website, ADCook.com, is the official website for the artist. Start here to get started. Additional links are in the footer of this website.

Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world. Their art is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that continue the challenging of boundaries that was already well underway in the 20th century. Diverse and eclectic, contemporary art as a whole is distinguished by the very lack of a uniform, organizing principle, ideology, or "-ism". Contemporary art is part of a cultural dialogue that concerns larger contextual frameworks such as personal and cultural identity, family, community, and nationality. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_art)

Art Bespoke is the term I apply to my original creations custom-made for a particular collector, usually referring to my commissioned artworks.

I work in a variety of different mediums, primarily painting with acrylic, urethane, and mixed media utilizing the airbrush and a plethora of other traditional tools to create my original artworks on canvas and metal. I also enjoy traditional drawing and dry pastels. Occasionally, I find great pleasure in the relaxing process of manipulating clay into beautiful shapes. My abstract originals are typically created with urethane pigments and mixed media on ground metal. As an avid photographer, I shoot all of my own reference images for my figurative artworks.

I can be commissioned to create original works of art in a variety of subject matter and in many different mediums. I enjoy the process of exchanging ideas with people who are passionate about art and beauty. Refer to the 'Commissioning Art Originals' page on this site for more information.

I enjoy creating portraits and have painted many over the years. As a reference, my figurative paintings are portraits, just unclothed portraits. For years, I created the Hollywood Video murals, which were essentially large-scale portraits of celebrities and movie stars. Marilyn Monroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Steve Martin are just a few of the dozens of portraits created during my five years as their creative director and muralist.

Misc Qs

When referring to “specially-prepared canvas” on my site, I’m referencing a process where I coat my canvas with several layers of gesso over several days (usually 10-15 thin coats), to create an exceptionally smooth and uniform surface for painting styles that emphasize precision and detail. An article outlining my process, titled “The Perfect Ultra-Smooth Canvas for Airbrush” was published in Airbrush Action Magazine in December 2004.

An art nude is a work of art that takes the naked human form as its dominant subject. The term is used for painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. In the tradition of Western art, nudity was common in the painting and sculpture of classical antiquity. In the Christian era, early artists who used nude models included Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci.

The term art nude is used for an object of art with a nude human figure and is not intentionally erotic. It does not involve the subject interacting with anyone or the face of the nude as a prominent feature. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_nude)

"Wine Art Nude" is a term I've assigned to my figurative art nudes on metal with a wine theme. Beaujolais and Syrah are examples from my wine art nude series. Like wine, art and nudes? Follow me at Twitter/WineArtNude.

I was recently inspired to revisit Colourain™ – a series of abstracts I created in the mid '80′s, which were mostly my designer line of abstract art neckwear on hand-painted canvas, denim, and other fabrics. Colourain™ paved the way for much of my abstract art to follow. The juxtaposition of form against randomness is the hallmark of much my abstract works. As a tribute to my abstract art of the past, I have termed my current abstract art on sanded pastel paper as Colourain™.

Provenance, from the French provenir, "to come from", refers to the chronology of the ownership or location of a historical object. The term was originally used for works of art but is now used in a wide range of fields, including science and computing. Typical uses may cover any artifact found in archaeology, any object in paleontology, certain documents (such as manuscripts), or copies of printed books. In most fields, the primary purpose of provenance is to confirm or gather evidence as to the time, place, and—when appropriate—the person responsible for the creation, production, or discovery of the object. This will typically be accomplished by tracing the whole history of the object up to the present. Comparative techniques, expert opinions, and the results of scientific tests may also be used to these ends, but establishing provenance is essentially a matter of documentation.

The provenance of works of fine art, antiques, and antiquities are of great importance because of the cultural value of such objects. Documented evidence of provenance for an object can help to establish that it has not been altered and is not a forgery, a reproduction, stolen or looted art. Provenance helps assign the work to a known artist, and a documented history can be of use in helping to prove ownership.
The quality of provenance of an important work of art can make a considerable difference to its selling price in the market; this is affected by the degree of certainty of the provenance, the status of past owners as collectors, and in many cases by the strength of evidence that an object has not been illegally excavated or exported from another country. The provenance of a work of art may be recorded in variously depending on context or the amount that is known, from a single name to an entry in a scholarly catalog some thousands of words long. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provenance).
The provenance of my art is recorded on this site through my Artist Blog posts and through art-in-process photos and videos, along with the listing of books or magazine articles where my art has been showcased.

Metal Fusion™ is a term I've assigned to my metal art that is created from my photography printed on metal. I helped pioneer this process years ago and created a library of artworks including figurative and motorcycle related imagery. Each Metal Fusion™ piece is unique in that the metal is hand-ground before the printed process, then each piece is uniquely embellished by me to create true one-of-a-kind artworks.

Giclée (pronounced “zhee-klay”) – The French word “Giclée” is a feminine noun that means to spray, and in regards to inkjet technology applies to ink sprayed onto the canvas’ surface.

The term  “Giclée print” connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high-resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto canvas. The Giclée printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

My Giclée reproductions are created using large high-end professional ink-jet printers. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for fine art collectors.

The quality of my Giclée reproductions rivals those commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

For Models

I create fine art. And for that reason I prefer working with models who have timeless natural beauty and self confidence. I am inspired by the curves and form of the female figure and take great pleasure in creating art featuring them. All models must be 18 or older.

Very rarely. The vast majority of my subject matter are female. If I work with a male model it is usually as part of a couples piece: male/female together.

I typically work with professional models and compensate them for their time and talent. Photo examples of my work can be viewed online at Model Mayhem (MM #531).

A select few my art nude photography images are featured on this site as examples of previous model shoots (18 and over please).

If you plan to be in the Las Vegas area and are interested in modeling, you can contact me directly.

If you are an experienced model with a Model Mayhem, Model Society, or online portfolio please include a link where I can see your work.

Modeling is not limited to professional models, but a certain level of experience is desirable. Agency models or representatives need not apply. All models must sign a copy of my Model Waiver and Release.

For Artists

Probably one of the most asked questions when I show my motorcycle art is "how do you paint chrome?". I wrote two articles showing my process for rendering chrome and reflective surfaces - both are on this site: "A Study in Chrome and Reflected Surfaces" featuring Indian Summer and "Creating Reflective Surfaces: Passing Time" (as Published in The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook).

When referring to “specially-prepared canvas” on my site, I’m referencing a process where I coat my canvas with several layers of gesso over several days (usually 10-15 thin coats), to create an exceptionally smooth and uniform surface for painting styles that emphasize precision and detail. An article outlining my process, titled “The Perfect Ultra-Smooth Canvas for Airbrush” was published in Airbrush Action Magazine in December 2004 and can be read here.

This website is specifically dedicated to original artworks by A.D. Cook, the artist, exclusively.

Occasionally, other artists are included in posts and stories in our Blog Section.


Unless otherwise indicated, the copyrights to all art represented on this site are owned by artist A.D. Cook and are protected by copyright law. All rights reserved.  All images on this site are for viewing purposes only and are not to be reproduced in any way without written consent. If you want to use images for a specific purpose, please send us an emailCopyright and legal information can be viewed here.

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