llkley-based Jonathan Cooke was born near Barnsley. On leaving school he served a four-year traditional apprenticeship in stained glass with the York Glaziers’ Trust at York Minster. Since 1987 he has been in private practice, and is an ICON accredited restorer/conservator.
As an artist, his primary medium is stained and painted glass: he also works in watercolour.
Influences are eclectic, based on observation: the play of light both in the landscape, and through coloured glass is particularly significant. He has been fascinated since childhood by modification of light as transmitted through stained glass, and he remembers studying the changing colours in the east window of his local church.
Long-term passions are passing on craft skills and ongoing personal research into historical glasspainting methods; he is sought after as a glass painter for restoration projects of all periods and his glass painting manual Time and Temperature was published by Swansea Metropolitan University in 2013. Many of his small-scale stained glass pieces demonstrate virtuosity in a range of techniques.
He is among a small number of stained glass artists invited to create original works inspired by Edward Burne-Jones, for an exhibition at the Grange Gallery, Rottingdean in June 2019.
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