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Melissa Cooke (b. Oconomowoc, WI, 1982) received her MFA (2011) and BFA (2006) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specializing in graphite on paper, her work investigates the relationship between photography, performance and drawing in portraiture. Cooke is represented by Koplin Del Rio. Her drawings have been exhibited at venues nationwide, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Oceanside Museum of Contemporary Art, and numerous colleges. Cooke's drawings are in collections such as the Arkansas Art Center and the Howard Tullman Collection, and have been featured in New American Painting, and Drawing magazine.

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#tbt 2010, putting the finishing touches on the series “You Know Me Better Than I Know Myself”

#tbt 2010, putting the finishing touches on the series “You Know Me Better Than I Know Myself”

"Ooze", #graphite on paper, 24" x 24" #tbt #drawing

"Ooze", #graphite on paper, 24" x 24" #tbt #drawing

Shipped “Engulf” to Jonathan LeVine Gallery for “Stranger Than Fiction”, a group #exhibition opening Sat, September 6 at
529 W 20th Street, Gallery I @jonathanlevinegallery #graphite #drawing #exhibit #portrait

Shipped “Engulf” to Jonathan LeVine Gallery for “Stranger Than Fiction”, a group #exhibition opening Sat, September 6 at
529 W 20th Street, Gallery I @jonathanlevinegallery #graphite #drawing #exhibit #portrait

#tbt ‘Afternoon Delight’, 2011, 50” x 38”, #graphite #drawing

#tbt ‘Afternoon Delight’, 2011, 50” x 38”, #graphite #drawing

#tbt My studio at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2011, Omaha, NE

#tbt My studio at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2011, Omaha, NE

"Skullface", Graphite on paper, 50" x 38". On view through August 31st at Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

"Skullface", Graphite on paper, 50" x 38". On view through August 31st at Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

"Luminescence #1", 2012, graphite on paper, 50" x 50"

"Luminescence #1", 2012, graphite on paper, 50" x 50"


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Melissa Cooke was featured previously on EK back in September 2010 for her awesome graphite on paper works, and today she’s back with newer works since then. If any artist out there has ever used graphite before, then you’ll know how much skill and patience one needs to manipulate and control it as a medium.

#tbt detail of “Keep It Together”, 2010, 50” x 38” #graphite #drawing #portrait #art #artist

#tbt detail of “Keep It Together”, 2010, 50” x 38” #graphite #drawing #portrait #art #artist

Repost from @jsolotes Bushwick Open Studios, 3 weeks ago

Repost from @jsolotes Bushwick Open Studios, 3 weeks ago

Detail of ‘Self Portrait as Eagle’, 2008, 50” x 38” #tbt #graphite #drawing #art #portrait

Detail of ‘Self Portrait as Eagle’, 2008, 50” x 38” #tbt #graphite #drawing #art #portrait

Set up in my new in-house studio!

Set up in my new in-house studio!

Bedroom Studio, Madison, WI 2011 #tbt #drawing #graphite #studio

Bedroom Studio, Madison, WI 2011 #tbt #drawing #graphite #studio

#tbt “It’s All Over Your Face”, 2010, #graphite on paper, 38” x 50”

#tbt “It’s All Over Your Face”, 2010, #graphite on paper, 38” x 50”

Thank you for the write up, Nastia Voynovskaya and Hi-Fructose!
Check out the full article here: Disorienting Large Scale Graphite Drawings by Melissa Cooke

Thank you for the write up, Nastia Voynovskaya and Hi-Fructose!

Check out the full article here:
Disorienting Large Scale Graphite Drawings by Melissa Cooke