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Biography
1951, Born 9th February, Kemspey NSW Australia

Dennis and his older brother Warren are the sons of Rex and Merline (Nee Cook)

His father returned from the second world war in New Guinea to work as a saw miller in the small rural village of Eungai Rail located between Kempsey and Macksville on the north coast of NSW.

Dennis’ grandparents (on his mother’s side) also lived in the same village and it was from this grandfather Jack Cook (one of the last of Australia’s bullock drivers) that he learnt about the bush.

Started painting at the age of 7 and painting oils at 11. 1951-68 lived in Eungai Rail. Secondary school education at Macksville High and Walcha Central School. At Macksville High was the first boy to do elective art.
 

Selected Biography
1973      Graduated Armidale CAE as a secondary school teacher
             Taught in government secondary schools in Sydney and Woollongong from 1974 to 1978
1976      Commenced serious painting
             First solo show at Norfolk Galleries, Paddington, Sydney - "Drawings of Sydney and Surrounds"
             First ventured into Australian inland
1977-78 Painted at Hill End
             Major exhibition - Strawberry Hills Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney - "Hill End"
1979      Exhibition - Artelier Galley, Dubbo from painting trip to Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Oodnadatta
             Study London
             Travel and study in France, Germany, Italy, Holland, UK, Switzerland, Persian Gulf, Singapore & Malaysia
1980-81 Lived and worked in Dubbo, Western NSW. Worked on Australian Landscape series for Packer Owned publication "Overlander Magazine". Series ran as centre
                   spread of paintings, stories and drawings on Australian outback locations.  
1981      Exhibition Gallery Beta, Caloundra, QLD - "Inland Australia"
1980-83 Series of exhibitions, Baker Galleries, Dubbo, NSW
1983      Painting trip inland Australia
1985-90 Lochiel House Gallery, Kurrajong Heights, NSW - yearly exhibitions
1987-88 Exhibition Old Shire Gallery, Dubbo, NSW
1989-92 Exhibition Dennis Baker Gallery, Gosford
1991      Painting trip - UK, France, Holland, Italy, Greece, Germany, Yugoslavia
             Started major work on Venice
             Major exhibition Sheraton Wentworth Hotel, Sydney for Christopher Robin Committee, Royal Children’s Hospital, Sydney
1992      Major exhibition Mary Place Gallery, Paddington - "Eungai to Venice"
             Painting trip to inland Australia along the Birdsville Track, Strzlecki Track, Oodnadatta Track and The French Line
             Exhibition Park Gallery, North Beach Park Royal Hotel, Wollongong
1993      Exhibition Barry Stern Galleries, Paddington - "Australian Outback Landscapes"
             Major painting trip around Australia with particular focus  on Queensland Gulf country (Croydon & Normanton), Kakadu, Bungle Bungles, Kimberleys,
                      and the Nullarbor
             Major exhibition Baker Galleries, Argyle St. The Rocks, Sydney - "Australian Images"
1994      Exhibitions Baker Galleries, Argyle St. The Rocks, Sydney - "Images of Australia I & II"
1995      Painting tour - California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New York, New Mexico, Canada, Hawaii,
             Painting tour - UK, Ireland, Europe and Asia
             Exhibition Baker Galleries, Argyle St, The Rocks, Sydney - "Sydney"
             Second study tour and painting trip to UK, Ireland, West Cost of Scotland, Venice, Rome, Spain, Germany, Thailand, Hong Kong & Singapore
1996      Exhibition Nessarc Gallery, Woollongong - "Kakadu & Northern Territory Painting Journey"
             Exhibition Wentworth Galleries, Paddington - "New Directions"
             Exhibition Wentworth Galleries, Paddington - "American Markers Series"
1997      Exhibition Wentworth Galleries, Danks St, Waterloo - "Sydney by Night"
1998      Exhibition Wentworth Galleries, Danks St, Waterloo - "Australian Images"
             Exhibition Wentworth Galleries, Danks St, Waterloo - "Venice Drawings"
1999      Sydney hail storm destroyed the artist’s inner city studio with most paintings, drawings and prints being lost
             Exhibition Baker Galleries, Five Ways, Glenmore Road, Paddington - "Venice"
2000      Major exhibition to coincide with the Sydney Olympics - "Emerald City"
                    This exhibition marked a major turning point in the artists' work
             Exhibition Baker Galleries, Five Ways, Glenmore Road, Paddington - "Venice"
2001      Exhibition Baker Galleries, Five Ways, Glenmore Road, Paddington - "Inland & Northern Australia"
             Painting trip to Kakadu, Central Australia, Normanton, Croydon Gulf country North Queensland, Daintree, Cape York Cooktown, and far North Queensland
2002      Exhibition Baker Galleries, Five Ways, Glenmore Road, Paddington - "Emerald City II"
             Painting trip to Kakadu, Northern Australia, Central Queensland and Central Australia
2003      Exhibition Baker Galleries, Five Ways, Glenmore Road, Paddington - "Emerald City Night and Day"
                     This exhibition featured large works plus a new direction into steel sculpture
             Painting trip - Paris, Venice, St Ives (Cornwall), West Coast of Scotland (Mallaig), Rome, Milan, Switzerland, Greek Islands (Santorini & Mykonos)
2004      Exhibition Wine Country Gallery, Havelock North, New Zealand - "New Zealand and Australian Abstractions"
             Exhibition Paddington Contemporary - Kakadu & Emerald City - "New Works"
2006      Exhibition "Venice" - Wine Country Gallery, New Zealand
2007      Exhibition "Emerald City" - Painters and Collectors Gallery, Paddington
             Painting trip to the Great Ocean Road, VIC and SA
2008      Exhibition "Emerald City" - Painters and Collectors Gallery Paddington
             Exhibition "Images of Australia" - Painters and Collectors Gallery, Paddington
             Painting trip to North QLD and Central QLD
             Major Exhibition "40 Years of Painting" - Birmingham Street Galleries, Alexandria
             Currently working on the Forthcoming Major Publication "Eungai to Venice"
 
Publications
1979-81 Overland Magazine - "Australian Landscape Series"
1984      Artists and Galleries of Australia, Max German, Craftsman House
1990      Artists and Galleries of Australia, Max German, 2nd Ed.
1990-94 Look, Art Gallery of New South Wales
1991      Australian Country Style Magazine
1992-93 State of the Art Magazine
1992      Art File (Craft Arts International Press)
1992      Artists of Australia, Buyers Guide to Australian Art - Graham Ryles, Mandarin Press
1993      Craft Arts Magazine, Portfolio #104
1976-04 Numerous press stories, Australia (and Japan)
1989-03 Illustrations of paintings in Art and Australia Magazine
1995-95 Australian Antique Collectors Magazine
2001-02 Art Sales Index (34th annual edition) International auction sales results
2002-08 Australian Art Auction Sales Digest
2010      Survey Exhibition Cessnock Gallery

Collections
Represented in over 60 corporate collections in Australia and internationally, including Qantas, BHP Billiton, Lion Nathan (New Zealand), Binney & Smith (USA), Husumer Mineralbrunnen (Germany) and Pither (Canada).
Private collections in UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Greece, New Zealand and Australia