Amanda H. Cook was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1975. In 1994 she was awarded a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio where she double-majored in Fine Art and Illustration and minored in Visual Communications. Since graduation, Amanda has consistently practiced fine art with oil painting as her primary medium. She is currently producing a series of representational urban paintings with landmark neon signs as their subject matter.
With the signage industry rapidly declining in the last few decades, Amanda feels that these paintings contribute to the conservation of vintage signs. Observing the finest of detail, she recreates the way the sunlight glistens off of a curve, or the range of transparencies the shadows of the tubing cast onto the painted letters of the surface below. These works of art are a continuation of Amanda’s series of oil paintings titled “Looking Up”, in which she hopes to reveal a thing of beauty in an object that sits dormant against a boundless sky and is often only seen from a distance.
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