West Coast Kwakwaka'wakw MFA artist Rande Cook explores and combines traditional and contemporary styles, and in doing so creates his own unique approach to Indigenous contemporary art. Incorporating science, culture, and his genuine passion for the well-being of old-growth and Mother Earth, Cook examines the current world we live in while preserving ancestral stories through new mediums and materials. Rande Cook is known for his use of innovative methods, for creating works with his own signature style, and for pushing boundaries in pursuit of continual growth.
See Rande Cook's works in his gallery, Leaf Modern Gallery, or nationally and internationally through many galleries representing his works.
Born in culture-rich Alert Bay BC, I was surrounded by the beauty of the land and groomed by the strong teachings of my grandparents. My love for my culture has never faded and my desire to be artistically creative continually evolves. As a recent graduate with a Master of Fine Arts, I explore innovative ways in connecting and expressing my research through my works.
I use many different mediums, such as wood, acrylics, gouache, canvas, glass, and metals. My studies began with learning from several master craftsmen in multiple mediums which lead to my 25 years of accumulated work experience. I believe in continually exploring and challenging myself with my traditional techniques and contemporary art-making.
Growing up, I observed and discussed the traditional art forms with my grandfather. Through my grandparents, I learned about the values of life and culture, responsibilities of being a chief, and the importance of being a strong leader for my people. In addition, I am passionate about being a father, a partner, and being involved in the well-being of my community and Mother Earth.