|Over the years, Robert D. Cocke's paintings have evolved dramatically in both style and subject matter. However, underlying all of the changes has been a consistent interest in the landscape. Cocke has lived in a number of places in the U.S., and has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia. The landscapes of these diverse places have all left their imprint on him. The current works are invented, constructed from memories and the painting process. Cocke's experience of the landscape in various locales has become the raw material for a kind of distillation process, a process that results in work that is firmly rooted in the great tradition of landscape painting, while expanding the scope of the genre. Cocke has stated that he seeks to evoke “a timeless realm of wonder and transcendence that we can find when we connect deeply with nature.”
Robert D. Cocke was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1950. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of Arizona, and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Cocke has had solo shows of his work in Dallas, Scottsdale, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tucson, Milwaukee, and Chicago. His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including the Third Western States Biennial, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum, The Florence (Italy) Biennial, “Transcending Earth and Sky,” at San Diego State University, and “Trouble in Paradise,” at the Tucson Museum of Art. Robert Cocke has received fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation, and the Ford Foundation (residency at the University of Georgia). His work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Art and Antiques, Southwest Art, and Art News.
Robert D. Cocke currently lives and works in Oracle, Arizona.