Two (2) Marion Bryant Cook (Tennessee, 1933-2018) oil on canvas paintings. 1st item: Oil on canvas landscape painting depicting a barn with overgrown weeds and birds flying in and out of the barn. Signed "Marion Cook 9-1972" lower right. Housed in a wood frame with linen liner. Sight – 13 1/2" H x 17 1/2" W. Framed – 19" H x 23" W. 2nd item: Oil on panel painting depicting daisies. Signed "Marion Cook 1976". Housed in gilt wood frame. Sight – 4" H x 3" W. Framed – 8" H x 7" W. Biography (from the artist's website): Marion Bryant Cook's career as an artist began at the age of 12 when he studied under Miss Juanita Greene Williams. In 1952, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Memphis Academy of Fine Arts. During his second year at the Academy, he was drafted by the Army to serve in the Korean Conflict. Upon graduating from boot camp, the war had ended, and Marion was then stationed in Paris, France for the next two years. Upon his return to the U.S., he worked as a sign and billboard painter for various Nashville signage companies, and in 1968, decided to pursue art as a full-time career. He exhibited nationally and was commissioned to paint the portraits of bank presidents, doctors, and politicians. However, it was his landscape paintings of Tennessee barns that were his signature work and won him many accolades as a fine artist. Cook passed away in 2018. CONDITION: Both paintings in excellent condition.
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