Catalogue | Jean Cooke: Ungardening
‘If your mind is attuned to beauty, you find beauty in everything.’ – Jean Cooke
Jean Cooke: Ungardening is the first exhibition focusing on the magnificent garden paintings of Jean Esme Oregon Cooke RA (1927-2008). This new catalogue includes an essay by exhibition curator Andrew Lambirth and a profile by Nell Dunne extracted from a 1986 issue of RA Magazine, and is illustrated with photographs of Jean in her gardens and studio, alongside all the artworks from the exhibition.
Cooke was not a conventional gardener, once listing “ungardening” as her hobby in Who’s Who. But she was very reliant upon her gardens for the emotional support and creative inspiration they provided. Bringing together Cooke’s lyrical garden paintings and expressive portraiture, Ungardening is an opportunity to discover rarely seen works by a historically underrated artist.