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Monica Cook  New York, NY

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About Monica

Monica Cook paints with an eerie intensity. She used to paint exclusively solitary female figures in neutral fields, but more recently she has included additional figures, resulting in richer tableaux. She works with ink on Mylar and oil paint on canvas.

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Steven Diamant

Owner, Arcadia Gallery

"Under the category of "I don't want to like it, but I do" defiantly stand Monica Cooks paintings. Messy, dirty, challenging... just like life. Her ability to show a "darker" side of what we experience as humans, our frailty, our misgivings and the outcomes of our decisions are all blatantly spelled out for all to see. For Monica, it's not about the "spotlight moments," no, it's about the moments we would rather not let our friends, our lovers, ourselves to see. Yet, there they are. She's a great "technical" painter but that most assuredly is noticed only after we have been confronted by the emotional impact of her work... not that there's anything wrong with that!"

Monica appears in the following Top 10 lists

'New York'


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"I love your work. I just met your parents and they are the ones that told me about you. And I'm glad they did! I'm renting space in a place they might buy. They're wonderful people.Jean"

"I own 2 painting I am a superfan ! Only wish I had bought more when they were inexpensive"

"I have a fabulous painting she did when she was at SCAD...She's an amazing artist."

"I love you work!Your a wizard,a skilled painter!!!!"


"Very Cool and Cute. The first piece is really funny. Great work, keep it up. :]"

"love it"

"this explains that she is independent and very strong that is awsome"

"Very neat. I love their expressions!"

"I saw her stuff a couple of years ago in Philly. I actually used some of her stuff for my phone homescreen. She's great. Good to see some real artists doing some real work."

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