Chris Cook was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She emigrated to the UK in the early
1990s and pursued her artistic studies there. She received a 1 st class Hon Degree in Fine
Art from De Montfort University, Leicester, in 1998 and subsequently received her MA in
Fine Arts from the Royal Academy Schools of Art in London in 2001. She also completed an
MSc in Translation from Imperial College London in 2008.
Chris now lives in London, UK, after a decade of living and working as a practising artist
and art educator in Hong Kong.
The primary subject of her work is colour. She is fascinated by the endless possibilities of
creating various hues and tones, even with a pared-down palette; the instability of colour
and how one colour changes its properties when juxtaposed with another; and its power
to evoke memories and emotions.
On one level, Chris’s work can be seen as a continuing exploration of specific shapes, the
perception of colours, their numerous variations, and the interaction of colour and light.
On another level, her work deals with the idea of opposites and interrelatedness;
instability and balance, darkness and light, movement and being static, heaviness and
lightness, restriction and boundlessness. Her paintings give you a sense of equilibrium and