AN exhibition highlighting a collection of works by the late artist, Sir Francis Cook, is taking place from 27 January to 15 February at CCA Galleries International, Royal Court Chambers, Hill Street.
It is being titled ‘An Island Home’. Many of the pictures on view are being shown to the public for the first time.
CCA is collaborating with Jersey Heritage on the exhibition and the paintings and drawings have been selected from the Jersey Heritage collection of his work donated to the Island by Lady Cook.
Accompanying them will be landscape themed limited edition prints and paintings from renowned British Contemporary artists including Donald Hamilton Fraser and John Piper as well as a new release from Lucy Farley.
Jersey representative of The Art Fund (the National Art Collections Fund), Anne Binney said: ‘This is a staggering collection of work by any standards and encompasses a lifetime of painting. Sir Francis came to Jersey in 1948 and made the Island his home for the rest of his life. He painted constantly, picturing the world around him as he saw and experienced it. His love of Jersey is apparent from the collection of his paintings chosen for this exhibition.
‘He clearly delighted in the Islands’ coastline. He was also a founder member of the Jersey Society of Artists, which was set up by a group of his friends. Sir Francis was serious about establishing recognition for contemporary artists in Jersey by making sure the society held regular exhibitions and by being an active member himself.