A.D. Cook. Designer, Author, Speaker, Artist
A.D. Cook is an internationally recognized veteran and award-winning designer and artist whose career spans decades. He’s a self-taught master, learning his craft at a very early age. He developed many different disciplines including graphic design, drawing, painting, and photography adding airbrush to his repertoire 35 years ago.
In the late 1980’s through the 90’s, A.D. was the early marketing force behind the fast-growing Hollywood Video stores (Hollywood Entertainment Corporation), based out of Portland, Oregon. He created their corporate identity and brand and designed the look-and-feel of their first stores while painting hundreds of large-scale murals of movie stars and celebrities during his five-year tenure as their creative director. His successes with Hollywood Video led to a career as a marketing and art director for a number of other widely recognized brands including PIAA, Crimson Trace Corporation, and Iwata-Medea.
Today, he has broad recognition as a pioneer in the airbrush world. His original paintings have been featured on the covers and in the pages of magazines, trade journals, and books. He has taught art and design in workshops and colleges. A.D. Cook’s original paintings on canvas and metal are internationally recognized masterworks. He has exhibited his originals and reproductions in art galleries from coast-to-coast and was well received at ArtExpo New York 2007. While a variety of art genres appear in his portfolio, figurative paintings are his specific focus and expertise. He’s been commissioned for a number of paintings for a discreet clientele.
A recent filming for a Playboy Chanel episode of their new series “King of Clubs” features A.D.’s body painting prowess. For the episode, he hand-painted ten Palomino Club dancers. Each dancer carried a theme like “Daisy Duke” or “Dominatrix” then they were filmed “working” the club in their new body-paint. It was a record-breaking evening for attendance in the club’s recent history. Body painting has been one of A.D. Cook’s specialized talents since 1982.
2018 starts off the Luster: Realism and Hyperrealism Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle tour featuring four of A.D.’s original motorcycle paintings. This tour will be a three-year traveling museum exhibit.
Also an accomplished figurative photographer, A.D. has received numerous Showcase Awards.
Residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, A.D finds inspiration in the flood of imagery and the stimulating pace that permeates the city.
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See A.D.’s art here > ADCook.com
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