Favorite Finds | 27 | Ethan Cook

Thursday, January 9, 2014


I have really been itching to get down to the Portland Art Museum lately. Right now, this painting by Francis Beacon, which is the most expensive painting ever sold (142.4 million dollars!), is on display and I am looking forward to seeing it in person. There is something about the winter time that entices me to look at beautiful pieces of art. Recently I came across New York based artist, Ethan Cook, who creates his own canvas by hand-weaving these gorgeous color-block pieces of art. I have to say one of the things that draws me in first are his beautiful and subtle color palettes, and then seeing that it's actually woven is such a fun surprise. Is there an artist that has caught your eye lately? 


  1. beautiful work. thanks for sharing!

  2. i love the texture of these - i too at first didn't realize that it wasn't paint and i quite like it much more now. and me too - i'm drawn to neutrals just like this. and as for the francis bacon piece - you must go! that is truly worth a trip out in the cold!

  3. Whoa! That Francis Bacon is out near you?? You HAVE to go see it and report back. That was such a huge deal when it sold. You'd literally get to see a part of history!
    As for these canvases, I'm shocked they're actually fabric. That's so neat. There's a very interesting Rothko/Malevich quality to them, but a more subdued, hazy way. Right now I can't shake my mind from a John Atkinson Grimshaw painting I saw on my last trip to the museum. I must have walked by it a thousand times before in my life and never noticed it, but it's pretty spectacular: http://www.johnatkinsongrimshaw.org/Liverpool-from-Wapping-large.html

    1. i know! i have been thinking about it everyday and beating myself up for not going down there immediately. it's certainly on my to-do asap list, but it is here until march, so i will definitely make it. ooo, that painting is so moody. i love it.

  4. absolutely beautiful. i love how dreamy the color palette is. and wow, i had no idea the francis bacon was at the portland museum of art...you must check it out!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  5. Loving the subtlety of these pieces and they seem so season-appropriate in those icy shades. The first one is my favourite.

  6. Oh wow! These remind me of Rothkos in the very best way. And I love that they're woven. LOVE it. I did a stint as a weaver in college, so any woven work like that is so appealing to me. And I love Rothko, but this color palette is especially divine, so this is a perfect combo in my book.

  7. Yes, PAM is always the best- I think they do such a great job curating the installation as well as the down stairs. and their contemporary space it always seems like I find new beautiful paintings.

    The color blocking comes across as surprising soft even with the mature colors of navy.. I think it might be the texture of the canvas. One of those paintings is one of those paintings if you bought one it would be in your family forever.

  8. Oh I like the work by Ethan Cook a lot. I'm guessing that he doesn't sell prints. Have a wonderful time at the museum. Museums are def at the top of the list of places I like to visit when I just want some peace and quiet


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